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Saw this in The Guardian:

“I’ve got very strict criteria that I use for video-game addiction: it has to be the most important thing in that person’s life. They have to use it as a way of consistently and reliably shifting their mood.” An addict, he says, is unable to stop playing even when they know they ought to, with knock-on effects on their work and their relationships. “If you’re unemployed with no partner and no kids and from the moment you wake up you play video games, and you play all day, that’s not an addiction. Addiction has nothing to do with the amount of time you spend on something. If an addict is unable to play they’ll get withdrawal symptoms.”
– Mark Griffiths as quoted by Tom Meltzer, I was a games addict, The Guardian

I quit my job to set up a food and nutrition website. Instead, I write about games even though I know the food website would be more profitable. 90% of my socialising in the past month has been with gamers and games journalists. I talk about games on a daily basis through Twitter. When I’m sad, angry or bored, playing games makes me happy. If I don’t play any games for more than a week I get headaches that are cured by playing games. True story; it’s happened twice this year already.

Lucky for me, I’m saved by this line:

“So long as you can stop when you have to for school, work, meals, friends and family, intense game playing is just like any other hobby.”

Even though I’ve successfully redefined work and friends to be centred around gaming, it’s all okay :)

In a few weeks the BBC World Service will be airing a documentary on Internet addiction which should include a component on games. They interviewed couple of my friends and me for the games segment; I didn’t talk very much and don’t know how much of my stuff will make the final cut but we’re expecting it to be a nice, balanced show. It’s called Internet Addiction – Caught in the Web and is scheduled for for 23rd March 2011 at 10:32, 15:32 and 20:32. I’ll post something on the The Average Gamer when it airs.

BBC World Service Programme Guide

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Written by Weefz

11 March, 2011 at 3:12 pm

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