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This is not a case of video game addiction - so shut up


I watched this YouTube video at the behest of my brother expecting to laugh, but now I want to scream and yell. This couple's problems have nothing to do with the World of Warcraft. It has everything to do with the fact that they are both too immature to be married and have children.

The one funny thing about part 2 of this sad little soap opera is that you DON'T NEED the discs to play WoW once it is installed. So shredding the discs does absoultely nothing to keep this loser from playing and ignoring his responsibilities. And by the expression on his face, I think he is laughing about it to himself. I bet he went home and started playing.

By the way Tyra, this is a MMORPG and those are actually human beings he is playing with. This a perfect example of the garbage that passes for a television program these days. Is it any wonder that I choose to do something other then watch this trash?

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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

17 comments
cmonYoureBetterThanThat
cmonYoureBetterThanThat

b/c everyone knows it is a stupid waste of time. a) you accomplish nothing b) you spend $ on it c) worse than that, you spend time on it d) because you ARE addicted, and even after playing all night, all you are left with is your dirty dishes piling up, alongside your cholesterol count. Why do you think you're in denial? Put the bong down. Put the controller down. Open your blinds. Ride a bike. Meet a girl. Fall in love. Quit being a loser. Choose life. If you're over the age of 12, you should have better things to do. Actually, keep buying Cheetos, videogames, PS3's, etc... you may be the fat detritus of the country, but hey, you're feeding the economy! I'm gonna go buy some Nintendo stock now. Keep on laming, er gaming!

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

You know, it's really too bad I enjoy playing Everquest 1 & 2 so much. I must spend 8 to 20 hours a week playing it. How did I ever manage to spend time with my wife going to plays and the beach. How have I managed to start and complete my Master's degree? How did I manage to find time to rebuild my tractor, build a walking trail, build hundreds of feet of stone wall, move hundreds of cubic feet of dirt (all by hand)? How have I found time to spend a couple nights a week and a weekend every month to be a scout leader? How have I managed to hold down a full time job at a hospital in the Quality Assurance department? Odd. And I still find time for at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Guess I'm just better at personal time management than some people. Vices aren't problems if you can manage them. Of course there is the national problem of jock mentalities that try to force the idea that if you aren't a winning jock, you aren't worth shit. Which is precisely why we don't have people complaining about Jock Wannabe Sports Addiction.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I must say I did not expect such a negative reaction to what I considered was a throw-away piece on fluffy talk-show sensationalism. As to your statement that playing games accomplishes nothing, I wholeheartedly disagree. I accomplish the very thing I set out to accomplish when I play a game of any sort, video, board, golf, softball, etc. --- I keep myself entertained and my mind engaged. In other words, playing games and sports IS part of living life. Addictive behavior is self-destructive. The addiction detracts and subtracts from other activities to the detriment of the person in question. That is not my experience, nor is it the experience of most video game players.

iG34RH34D
iG34RH34D

If a gaming addict were cut off from games, his or her addictive nature would cause them to gravitate towards another addictive passtime: gambling, drinking, posting rediculous comments on Tech Republic forums etc. It's all about the perspective you put on the activity. I game for about 3 hours a WEEK, have a lot of other hobbies, support my 10 year olds numerous hobbies and interrests including sports, and being a husband of 11 plus years, enjoy a vigorous sex life. Gaming is an occasional escape, like a movie, or long walk, not a sign of a degrading society. Leave that to the culture of excess. If you have a problem with over gaming, set an egg timer for Christ's sake.

blsd8243
blsd8243

I played wow for about 2 years and have seen people who claim to have families (children, husband, wife) and jobs that never seem to get off of the game. I play perhaps 45 minutes a day, if I get lucky, usually in the morning. I will log on for my morning play, and the next day log on to find people who have been there and not gotten off since I was last on. This boggles the mind. I think normally when you hear people griping about wow, this is what they are talking about. The problem is, wow makes it completely easy to waste time and feel good about it. Say you play a priest, but in real life you are joe schmoe who works at mcdonalds, scrapping for money, never going to ammount to anything. In game, you can be a guild leader at your whim, excell in whatever you want to do, make gold, and hey, you can lie about who you are so people actually might like you, or you can be a big jerk to almost anyone with no recourse. It's an easier world there. The blame however should not lie with wow. If wow werent there that same person would be emersing him/herself in something else that would make them feel better about whatever walk of life they are in. On the other hand, I have seen people who wanted to get away from the game. Personally, I congratulate them and wish them luck, but i've seen other people who will whine about their leaving, about needing them in game, and even vie for paying for their account to keep them playing this game. At that point it's one addict feeding another addict and the consequenses are scary. Think about it, back when you were level 60, before the burning crusade came out, when raiding took 6 hours a night every night for progression and when you missed a night you lost dkp or whatever. Then, in order to raid for the next night, you would need to spend a 4 hours at least during the day farming for mats and money to raid the next night. (I actually dont know the time frames now, as I've stopped playing regularly and really havent hit a raid in months) In this way, with guilds and people online we keep people playing.

iG34RH34D
iG34RH34D

Yeah, it's not shakespeare, but that was the point...

dnelsonwc
dnelsonwc

So you're saying that one should exercise moderation in all things? Man, that sounds so familiar...

dnelsonwc
dnelsonwc

Did your girlfriend leave you for playing once? Such vitriol over something you claim to not care about. Also, I'm curious how playing a video game affects cholesterol.

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Look at where the money is. People playing video games are NOT watching TV. You don't watch TV, then you don't see their advertisments. You don't see the advertisments, the networks will cancel their show. Then they'll be unemployed and not making their 100K plus salaries. Of course they're anti-gaming!

shraven
shraven

So you don't watch it (liar - how do you know what they're saying then, huh?) And yet you post it so we all have to endure your pathetic excuse for a hobby and watch the the clip you claim you didn't watch. You're worse than the devoted fans of whatever dismal show this was from. (No I didn't watch the clip - you said it was stupid afterall, so why would I?)

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

1. I did watch it - never said I didn't. 2. When you say hobby, I assume you mean computer games in general and World of Warcraft specifically. I enjoy it and I'm not alone. I'm not sure why it is pathetic, but you are entitled to your opinion. 3. You should watch it a) so you know what I am harping on, and b) so you can make an informed decision about whether I am correct or actually a loser as your title implies.

shraven
shraven

should I eat crap too, so I know it's crappy? gaming is fine. not my thing, but I'm not knocking it. it makes a lot of people happy and makes a few people a lot of money. nothing wrong with that. my beef is that if the show is as bad as you say, why make us watch it? is it your hobby to spread stupidity? do you think we'd be subject to the endless Paris Hilton stupidity if we didn't broadcast and discuss every single thing she does? I mean, she'd still be stupid, but her impact on the world significantly less if we paid no attention to her. "Is it any wonder that I choose to do something other then watch this trash?" you are choosing to watch it. you're also promoting it. you've heard the saying, 'there's no such thing as bad publicity'? don't reward stupidity with attention.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

You say: don't reward stupidity with attention But what if people who do watch believe this stuff? Shouldn't we point out the errors?

zyphlar
zyphlar

the internet is omnipresent, and even without those cds (and even if he uninstalls all his games) he'll only find something else to hide from his new reality as a parent with. also his wife/gf is a good example of why not to get someone pregnant. good lord.

JamesRL
JamesRL

I have to watch this at home as my work blocks YouTube, but... Are you aware that someone people get their jollies from going on these shows as guests and they are "acting". There was the famous case of a comedy troup from Toronto getting on Jerry Springer on a number of occasions and acting as everything from Nazi skinheads to fighting lesbians to you name it. The producers of the show don't look too carefully to verify the facts, they just want a show that attracts viewers. So I would take anything you see with a huge grain of salt. James

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Oh, I know that some of the little drama was contrived for a "better viewing experience" but it was the ideas presented and the solution developed by Tyra and her rent-a-shrink that just rubs me the wrong way. Normally, it wouldn't bother me, but the "mainstream" media's continued rampage against all things video game related is getting tiresome. So when someone for whom I have absolutely no repect, like Tyra Banks, starts preaching about the evil of gaming it gets under my skin. I want to throw a cell phone at her. :)

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