I know for a fact that that's how Iredknightalex said:How many people have better reading and comprehension skills from reading all those lines of text in a mass RPG?
About the only problem I have with this is thinking: "What do I do now?" when I get done with a game. Mainly out of boredom when I don't have the options to go out with friends. Mainly due to work schedules. Also, gaming is really the only thing I enjoy doing by myself. So when I get bored with gaming I don't know what to do next.Gaming as Mental Paralytic
Not at all. Gaming has it's own unique form of pleasure. Accomplishment and the Adrenaline rush are very different from the same sense of accomplishment you get from learning to play guitar, or scoring a game winning Home Run in your works softball league. Doing the same thing through an avatar in a game is different. Think how easy it is to hit a Home Run in Wii Sports as opposed to MLB 2012 (or whatever the licensed baseball games are called), now compare that to the feel of an actual bat in your hands as it comes in contact with the ball. It's a MUCH different feeling.Gaming and Pleasure
Video games for me are about escapism. I enjoyed WoW when I played, and I played LOOOOONG past it being fun for me due to the guild I was with. Now, if I had been in a hardcore raiding guild, I wouldn't have lasted long. I had a job, and I was constantly leaving the game to hang out with friends of mine locally. I've left a League of Legends match to go out drinking with a (female)friend of mine. Had it been anyone else, I would have told them "Sure, I'll be there in about 20 minutes." That being said, there have been moments where I decided to stay in and game instead of hanging out with local friends, but that wasn't because of game addiction. I was just hanging out with a different group of friends, and we happened to be playing a video game.Gaming and Community
Considering my time on the internet and gaming made come out and face my past... I would say it helped. I'm still socially inept, but it's more due to damage that certain childhood trauma can cause.Gaming and Social Skills
As far as I know my libido is pretty healthy. I'm not the kind of guy who goes out every night and tries to get laid, but I would still enjoy it. Hell, if I was in a relationship and my partner was willing, and she came up to me why playing a game (any game), and told me she wanted to have sex (I hope she'd be a little more subtle than that )I would drop whatever I was doing, quickly say bye to friends I was talking to, and hop to it.Gaming and Intimacy
Depends on multiple factors. I know when I first played "The Darkness", I was in one area around midnight and said to myself "After I complete this objective, I'm going to bed. I didn't get to bed until 4am and I completed that objective about 3 hours prior. I won't do this unless I know I can get the sleep I need overnight. If I have to work at 6am, I'm not going to be gaming. Also my current job has me working shifts where I get home at 1am and have to be back in at 7am. On top of school (when I went.) Hell, when I was in College I hardly ever gamed. It was just work, school, homework, sleep, repeat. One of the reasons I dropped out. The other being the tanking economy and the fact that I hated the work my degree was going towards, and I hadn't found out until I started interning for it.Gaming and Health
Well, recently this girl I was trying to go out with blew me off for a close friend of mine she hardly knew... Imagine how depressed that made me. Now, as I said earlier. Gaming for me is about escapism, a way to get away from your problems and get your mind off of them. I wouldn't say gaming can get you over your depression, since the problem is still there (Mine was constantly being asked about this girl who I just wanted to forget.) You know what actually helped? Thinking about it, and dealing with it. I could have just started pretending this girl and my friend no longer existed and ignored the problem, but I didn't. The result? I'm still a bit disappointed she didn't go out with me, but all three of us are still friends. And I have moved on. Gaming can't do that entirely. It just helped me get my mind off of my depression, which allowed my brain to process it in the background. (I'm making it sound like my brain is a computer... I swear I'm not SKYNET). Mainly I guess what I needed was some hindsight. Yeah, it sucks that it turned out that way, but it's not the worst outcome. White Queen... and moving on.[footnote]Inside joke from a stream called 2 Sense. Someone would get off topic or the topic would get weird, the host would hold up his hands like the White Queen(I forget what the character is from) say "White Queen" loud enough to interrupt peoples thoughts and than say "And moving on" and go into the next topic... It's funnier when you see it.[/footnote]Gaming and Mental Health
That is a typical, non-commited parent comment, based on a cursery glance at the gaming community and mostly at the medias depiction of it, especially online articles such as those found here on the Escapist.I'm concerned that the defensiveness of gamers against criticism of our hobby has become knee-jerk and automatic without any real critical thought on the matter, that the gaming community's response to concerns about the hobby ranges from rigidly defensive to venomously hostile.
In short:As gamers who play games often and ardently, shouldn't we be the ones asking questions about the activity and the subculture surrounding it? Are there issues related to videogames and their usage that we should be thinking about that we aren't?
Timely and well-framed discussion here. It's incredibly important for any person, in any hobby or subculture, to be able to withstand the critical eye. And "withstand" doesn't mean "resist," either. Scrutiny is important, and gamers in general could do with a little more... scruting?Mark J Kline said:Issues Gamers Should Think About
Dr. Mark discusses some of the effects that games have on gamers.
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'I am not crazy, thus I do not ask myself questions about whether or not I am crazy. Thus I would never find out if I were crazy.' See the flaw here?Smilomaniac said:~snip~
Actually, researchers do have techniques for distinguishing between correlation and causation. They use control groups, factor in those variables and try to hold them constant, and use a large enough group to be statistically significant. But developing and executing studies that can make any definitive statement is tough, especially if you want longitudinal data to see what happens years later.Groenteman said:Interesting questions indeed, though sadly its allmost impossible to determine where gaming is the cause, the effect or simply not related. Even when asking these question myself I have no sure-fire way to determine which is which.
The question was about issues the gaming community may be ignoring, not about the benefits of gaming (of which there are many, as you mentioned, but gamers are mostly familiar with them).redknightalex said:I find it interesting that this article mainly points out specific problems within the gaming culture and not the positives.
Of course I see the flaw in your quote, it's blindingly obvious, however that's not my message. Your description of self reflection, self-realization or introspection is correct but it's a semantic, because that's obviously not part of what I mean.Groenteman said:*snip*
I stand corrected on the research point thenjon_sf said:~snip~
No need to be defensive. You seemed to miss out on a certain aspect, I elaborated on it.Smilomaniac said:~snap~