What games were/are the most problematic for you?

Discussion in 'Gaming Addiction' started by YourBrainRebalanced, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. YourBrainRebalanced

    YourBrainRebalanced Administrator Staff Member

    Here is my list:

    - Diablo II
    - Warcraft III
    - World of Warcraft was the most problematic game of my life, with many 100s of hours sunk into it.
    - Rust
    - Fortnite
    - Socom 2 for ps2 in high school

    Basically, what I am getting at is, do you think that there is a particular type of game that is more likely to lead to addictive behavior?
  2. BuddhaPunkRobotMonk

    BuddhaPunkRobotMonk Administrator Staff Member

    RPGs I think are more addictive then your regular platform games, because they have more rewards with their ranking systems... and also because they have so much replay value... and they take forever to beat.
  3. Caesura

    Caesura Member

    -Diablo II
    -Guild Wars

    I think mammoth is right about RPGs. Levelling systems increase addictiveness.

    Games can vary widely in how addictive they are. For example, I think you're less likely to get hooked on Pong, Pacman, or Galaga than Diablo II. But if you're a serious addict, less addictive games may trigger urges to play the others.

    Also, some games get their appeal from high-novelty and sensory stimulation, while other games get their appeal from challenge and-or competition. Not all games are equally novelty driven.

    For example, in some FPSes, the community always plays on one or two maps, the graphics are old, and there's nothing to unlock. People play some games just to increase their skill--but that can still be an unhealthy escape. Maybe an addiction, too.

    I have some hope that games will be okay for me one day. I don't believe in the AA model of addiction, because it's not evidence-based. The evidence indicates that SOME addicts are eventually able to use at low levels. And I think some day games may be like that for me.

    Right now, I mostly can't make myself play games. After 15 minutes, I just feel like stopping, and then I don't come back for weeks or months. I tend to use addictions that give me a sense of growth, and games have stopped doing that.
  4. jack91

    jack91 Find your way throuh Staff Member

    i heavily played ps3 ut3 back at porn days, thorough them infact. I kinda think it helped to keep my sanity. other thing was i watched hell of a lot of stargate, i almost have all lines memorized :D Nothings more sweeter than lying on your back, eating shit and drinking beer watching cartoons and stargate eps over and over again. sweet years.
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  5. Perigee

    Perigee Member

    Starcraft II - about 1000 hrs
    TF2/L4D2 - 1,200 hrs between the two

    I also used to play a fuckton of Halo 3 and CoD MW2 when they first came out.

    Very clear difference to me even between playing a game like CoD vs a game like Bioshock Infinite. Even though they're both FPS they are like apples and oranges. It's obvious the former is much more harmful and addictive.
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  6. YourBrainRebalanced

    YourBrainRebalanced Administrator Staff Member

    Do you think the competitive nature of those games makes them more addictive?

    What about a more casual game like EVE Online, World of Warcraft (non PVP), single-players like Oxygen Not Included, etc?
  7. jack91

    jack91 Find your way throuh Staff Member

    I as iv been recovering i have played ps2 games (no internet and alone) experience was far less addictive than modern games. When you truly find times for games its always when its other players in it too. Thats makes it so fun! and if its competitive like pubg games for example or capture the flaf whatever they can take thousands of ours if you let them..
    Games did not use to be that addictive. I played games alot before porn but with internet it went to new heights and furthermore feeling "i might hurt myself " came along.
  8. Perigee

    Perigee Member

    That's certainly part of it, but I think it's mainly due the amount of variation and novelty in games like SC2 that simply don't exist in other games. And I personally dislike RPGs and casual games so I'm not certain with them.

    I think RPGs are addicting due to their sophisticated leveling/reward systems. Casual games might be addicting because they're a good way to "veg out" and distract yourself, and in the case of many F2P games they are probably addicting due to microtransactions.

    Also big correction I've done 10,000-15,000 minutes in sc2 not hours lol
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  9. jack91

    jack91 Find your way throuh Staff Member

    I still have problems controlling my online gaming. I rarely stop when i should. I chase feelgood from that for hours on end till games, as chaotic and exciting they might be feels like oatmeal.
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  10. JakOtheShadows

    JakOtheShadows New Member

    Know its an old thread, but anyway...
    Since 2014 (when I started Uni)
    Dota2- 4k hours
    CS:GO - 1k hours

    Also played Total War series and CoD:MW back in HS for about 2k hours combined...
    Haven't played Dota for a year, and haven't played CS:GO for a month, but I know I would get addicted straight away if I played another game
  11. jack91

    jack91 Find your way throuh Staff Member

    I don't know is that a problem. Someone said video games are just means to attach yourself in the moment. In a way they are even spiritual. I love to play. I love it so much. I don't know should I feel bad about it. Why can't it be dealt with same respect than other SPORTS?? There are people making millions playing video games at competitive level. I think that is cool.
  12. JakOtheShadows

    JakOtheShadows New Member

    For me its the fact I will drop other responsibilities. I won't study, I won't go to the gym, I will stay up late and miss lectures and tutorials, I will be keeping up obsessively with tournaments so I am not paying attention in class... But that is me.

    I have friends that can moderate is easily, one mate played a few thousand hours on breath of the wild but still kept up with Uni and a full-time job, but I would find that impossible. Like there are gamers, and addicts, and I am an addict for sure, zero ability to moderate it and stop it from affecting other aspects of my life.
  13. jack91

    jack91 Find your way throuh Staff Member

    Yes that would be a problem. Gaming in future should mandatory better parental control and such that you can set limits to yourself that can't be exceeded. Even I could set no gaming above 4 hours a day and after it game just sets itself offline. And something like that probably comes. In my gaming console there is already something like that.
  14. I used to be addicted to games as well for many years. My biggest addictions were:
    -World of Warcraft
    -League of Legends
    -Counter strike
    -Fifa (but this was more of a problem in regards to spending money on packages/gambling)

    I have had times where I did not play at all and I don’t feel addicted anymore. I started playing WoW classic again since a couple months ago. I knew this could spiral me into addiction but I’m doing okay. Sometimes I felt myself slipping so it was good that I was mindful and vigilant. I now play it 1,5 to 3 hours per session, and play about 4 sessions per week. I do realise it’s a form of escape from reality / way to relax sometimes. But I don’t mind that for now. As long as I keep myself to my promises of not playing during the day and going to bed at 11 o’clock.

    If I find out it’s bad for my health, or interfering with my recovery, I will quit.

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