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#1 Apr 21 2014 at 9:13 PM Rating: Sub-Default
Hey guys,
I just started playing WoW two weeks and I find myself spending hours upon hours of the day playing. Im truely addicted.
Is this normal? How much time a day would you say you spend a day on the game?
#2 Apr 21 2014 at 10:13 PM Rating: Excellent
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I'll bite.

Define "normal".

Whats normal for one person is not normal for another etc. But Its very common to be absorbed into MMO or some games, they are designed to suck you in and keep you playing. But think of it this way, you're paying one 15 dollar a month sub for a lot more entertainment than the 60 dollar triple-A game with maybe 10 hours of game play.

How much time spent in game is equal to how much truly free time you have in a day. Tues-Thurs. I focus on college classes so I dont play many games but Friday-Monday Ive spent up to 10 hours playing, if I don't have any plans that day. But someone with daily school or a full time job might binge play sat/sun and fit in an hour here or there during the week.
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#3 Apr 21 2014 at 10:17 PM Rating: Excellent
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On an average work day, I may play 2-3 hours and probably won't play every day. If things are quiet and I have free time on a weekend or holiday, that can easily go up to 10 and at the start of an expansion might go higher.
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#4 Apr 22 2014 at 6:56 AM Rating: Excellent
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Behavioral addictions aren't "addictions," they're different manifestations of compulsive disorders (under DSM 5). There's little evidence to suggest that the game itself can cause this disorder, but it does give the symptoms a place to latch on in terms of the dopamine cycles of the brain.

Essentially, what games like WoW revolve around are small actions that lead to small rewards, which give the player a small hit of dopamine from the brain. Someone with a compulsive disorder values those dopamine releases far more than someone without one, leading to them seeking those releases.

But it's not anything unique to video games. Behavioral compulsions form around anything that gives that dopamine hit; food, exercise, ***, lying, etc.

Essentially, anything that's low effort with a decent-enough reward in terms of happiness can trigger these compulsions.

The fault isn't with the game; all the game does is make you happy, and it does it in a way with simple investment -> reward formula. The person needs medical intervention (through some combination of therapy and medication) to help them manage their ability to regulate their responses to positive stimuli.

This isn't like with substances, with cause actual, chemical changes to brain chemistry to create a physical addiction. This is a person with a separate disorder that happens to be manifesting itself to that particular game. It's not possible to purge life of those simple reward situations (like eating), but encouraging treatment, removing the stigma around it, etc. are all possible. But if you focus on getting rid of the stimuli, you're not really going to help anyone; you're just going to send those people to other compulsions.
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#5 Apr 22 2014 at 12:52 PM Rating: Default
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I can't put my finger on it, but something about WoW is so addicting. I've only recently started playing, and I've noticed the same things; before I know it a few hours have passed and it feels like 20 minutes! I'm not totally sure what it is about WoW that makes it easy to play for long periods of time and keep coming back and wanting to play more. What do you guys think?
#6 Apr 22 2014 at 1:20 PM Rating: Good
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zaboomafoo07 wrote:
What do you guys think?


I think you're asking a lot of questions, Mr. Zaboomafoo07.
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#7 Apr 22 2014 at 1:29 PM Rating: Decent
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I thought we fed the Trolls last month? Must have been a lean month.
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#8 Apr 22 2014 at 1:37 PM Rating: Good
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I don't think he's a troll per se, probably just writing a paper on how video games affect our lives or something.
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#9 Apr 22 2014 at 10:17 PM Rating: Excellent
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Wait, you're kidding! A guy randomly pops up. his first two posts coincidentally ask about gender and time played and he might be a survey monkey? Say it ain't so! Smiley: sly At least Denver seems to be doing a better job this semester. The new posters just accidentally hitting the survey hot buttons at least try to blend in and the front page has been slow.
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#10 Apr 23 2014 at 2:49 AM Rating: Excellent
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Rhodekylle wrote:
Wait, you're kidding! A guy randomly pops up. his first two posts coincidentally ask about gender and time played and he might be a survey monkey? Say it ain't so! Smiley: sly At least Denver seems to be doing a better job this semester. The new posters just accidentally hitting the survey hot buttons at least try to blend in and the front page has been slow.


Now it's a solid 3 out of 3. So no, no kidding.
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#11PersonalGamer, Posted: May 30 2014 at 3:15 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Yes, you are according to some psychiatry expert that did a study on everquest people. Those people were told to limit their play time for one hour a day. (that seems to be the same as the hour a day for kids to work out campaign here in the United States. ... playing...) Play more than that and it becomes a gaming habit. So some how people are just cut off from earning income just to prove that the person is addicted to the game. A person may be a bum on the street and play World of Warcraft and that proves a gaming addiction. (yes, they are $#@$#@%)
#12 May 30 2014 at 7:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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that makes no sense at all
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