It’s debatable whether gaming addiction is a real issue in modern society, but it is certainly real. One famous research report suggested that that the popular MMORPG World of Warcraft is more addictive than crack cocaine. This stunning suggestion has been disputed countless times in the gaming industry and has been mocked in pop culture. But games like Warcraft are apparently addictive. Indeed, many people spend thousands of hours every year playing them and it’s not just Warcraft. Last year millions of phone users spent endless hours wandering around trying to catch imaginary creatures. Don’t forget it wasn’t just kids playing the game. Everyone was, and this just shows how widespread a gaming addiction can be. So, here are some of the signs that you might want to watch out for.
Hands Starting To Hurt?
It is possible to develop RSI, sores on your fingers or other forms of chronic pain due to gaming. Gamers who are addicted often need to wrap plasters around their thumbs to protect them. This is particularly important for video games where button bashing is part of the experience. Button bashing requires very little skill but will usually keep you alive during a fast moving game if your reflexes aren’t up to snuff. Needless to say, if you have sores on your fingers and thumbs after playing, you’re probably addicted.
You Play Everywhere!
If you can’t put a game down and instead take it everywhere you go, you’re definitely addicted. Viral reports have seen people fired because they can’t stop playing a game on Facebook or on their phone. There have also been surveys that have revealed the most popular place to play games like Candy Crush is the bathroom! Essentially, this means it’s a game you’ll flick on while you’re relieving yourself. Others, however, push you to stay active and keep playing the game. There are over 37 Games Like Clash of Clans that actually notify you of updates even when you’re not playing the game. If you can’t ignore even one of these notifications you might be addicted.
Hardcore gamers often see the time they have spent playing as an achievement or a sign of dedication. It’s a badge of honor when you pass one hundred hours on a new game. But it also means that you have spent four days of your life exploring that imaginary world? It’s a scary thought, isn’t it. Why not go for the info on your favorite game? You might find that playtime is actually well over one thousand hours. This could be a wake-up call or a sign that you’re doing what you love.
Hundreds And Thousands
Many modern games have ingame transactions. This means that you can buy things with real money, often without even realizing it. Mobile developers are often the ones most guilty of including these hidden in-game transactions. You can turn them off but you might find that doing this severe limits of the most popular mobile games. Still, if your phone bill is mounting up to hundreds each month this might be the only option.
What’s the verdict? Are you addicted o the greatest games available on the market? Or, is it just a hobby that you can stop whenever you want.