posted on Jul, 1 2011 @ 04:54 AM
Originally posted by Hiasyouwant
reply to post by BrianDamage
Just google "World of Warcraft addiction", nevermind gold farming mines in China. I'm not making this stuff up. It absolutely affects a persons
life more than literature or a movie; and will continue to worsen. You are not nearly as immersed as you are watching a movie as you are in such
games. Some of these people make this their life. Are you telling me I should be allowed to create a virtual child on a free game Sony puts out, find
a Virtual adult, and engage in Virtual sex? Is that okay? Every turn, decision and moment is often left up to the player, and often plays out
differently. There is no one addicted to literature or film the way they are addicted to these games. Thousands and thousands of hours spent on a
World Of Warcraft CAN be addictive to certain people. I never got the hype personally, I certainly couldn't play it more then a few hours at a time.
But it's no different to any other addiction. Be it be Alcohol, cigarettes, food, hell I don't know I'm sure you can get addicted to anything. Even
'healthy' things like exercise. WoW addiction can be harmful but singling out video games is just plain stupid. I've played games since I was a kid
(25 now!) I played games like GTA with my brother when I was 15? Guess what? I can honestly say I never had ONE violent 'urge' from playing these
games. I can't even bring myself to kill the tiniest bug, let alone hurt anything bigger like humans. I still get sad seeing violence on T.V. I'm
not "desensitised" because I've played violent games. Seeing murder and such things in video games is no different to reading them in a book. THEY
ARE NOT REAL. We are not bad people for having a interest in games. So what if people have virtual sex in Second Life? It's not a preference of mine
but I honestly don't care what other people do aslong as it's legal and everyone participating is an adult. You sadly cannot prevent bad things from
happening by banning everything. If people want to do bad things, they will do them, with or without stimuli.
Have you even played the games you mentioned? In Bioshock you don't "hunt" little girls. You are told to save them. Whether you do or not is
completely up to you. If you DO hurt them, you are 'punished' by the "Big Daddies" that guard them. No action is without consequence. In a lot of
games these days you are given moral choices. It is up to the player to decide what to do. Games don't actively encourage you do commit heinous acts.
The potential for that exists in you BEFORE the games. The test is, do you act on it or not? Perhaps these games enable people with some underlying
anger to act on it without anyone in real life getting hurt.Perhaps they give someone the reassurance that they are NEVER capable of hurting someone
because they cannot even do it in a video game?
Your argument is one sided and quite frankly, poorly researched.
One last point. Jack Thompson (You'd like him! He hates video games too.) said he would donate $10,000 to charity if someone created a video game
where A man, in revenge of the murder of his son (killed by gamers) went around killing Games Developers. People stepped forward with these 'games'
and then Jack Thompson backed out saying his pledge was merely 'satire'. Basically trying to worm his way out of donating. So, the creators of a Web
Comic called Penny Arcade donated $10,000 themselves, in Jacks name. Gamers bad? Yeah I guess we are.