OneWhiteGamer's artical got me thinking. We all hear the stories about Koreans dying at their keyboards or marriages ending over World of Warcraft and such. I'm curious to anybody else's stories of video game addiction. I'm sure somebody out here has either struggled, seen someone struggle, or simply given into video game addiction. I would like to either hear your side of the story or hear random encounters with marathon sessions we all know went on just a bit too long.
I have two female friends I can think of off the top of my head that left their boy's because of games. One was WoW and the other was Starcraft. The Starcraft one was actually engaged and decided to leave him after he shoo'ed her away from *ahem* "pleasuring" him while he played the game. She was going to let him keep playing and everything, too. It was just too "distracting", he said.
Me, personally, I have several stories. First one that comes to mind is when Prince of Persia: Sands of Time first came out. I know, I know, not the type of game you'd think. However, I fell in love at hitting the X button. Played 6 hours straight and beat the game in one sitting. Only break I took besides bathroom breaks was to eat dinner with the family. (I was still in high school)
Another was the one time my friends got me to play WoW. I had refused to play it for the longest time. I saw them and how they were with it. They stopped being fun or really wanting to do much besides play that damn game and I wanted no part of it. I enjoyed having a life, what little there was of it. However, I gave in once. ONCE, and only once. They hooked me up with one of their guest accounts, sat around on their own computers, and we played. I played an hour or so and had fun. It really was as involving as they said. I was thinking I might stick with this and maybe get it for myself. That's when I looked at the clock.....
Yeah, my brain was lying to me. It hadn't been a couple hours, it had been eight. EIGHT FRICKEN HOURS THAT I DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE. I stopped right there, shut off the game, said "I'm done", and never touched the thing again. I normally don't have what I'd consider an addictive personality, but DAMN. Yeah, that's the closest I've ever been to addiction with games. If you feel comfortable sharing yours, please do. I'm curious.