The BBC website is featuring a selection of letters written by people who are suffering from videogame addiction. They detail how their lives are utterly consumed by online gaming: skipping school and work, building friendships with people they never physically see, never leaving the house, avoiding physical exercise, etc. These stories aren’t new, of course, but I still find it strange to see videogaming now lumped together with life-destroying addictions like alcoholism and other drug use. I’ve done my share of gaming in the past, and have wasted entire weekends trying to finish some game I just had to keep playing, but I haven’t yet ventured into the online gaming world where you assume a new identity and interact with strangers all day. There’s just something disturbing about letting something like that consume your entire life…
I think I am addicted. I’ve got to the stage where I feel that without gaming, I have nothing interesting to do.
On weekdays, I game for about five to seven hours a day and in the weekends I will spend 15 hours a day gaming online. I once spent 48 hours in one go at a game. It’s crazy, I know. I was at university then and full of energy.
Sometimes I get no sleep. Ever since I started playing, my physical condition has deteriorated. I get a lot of colds as I don’t really exercise.
But playing games online means that other people are playing live with you. You work as a team and it gives you a unique sense of responsibility. It’s a little society.