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When Gaming Life Takes Over Real Life

By on January 23, 2014

Can video games really take over real life?

As I slightly open the door to my apartment, I’m already thinking about what position to play. The choices that I could pick from are top, mid, bottom, or jungle.  And, all I could think of is getting those pentakills one after another, said an anonymous League Legends player.

When Gaming Life Takes Over Real Life

League of Legends, also known as LOL, is an online multiplayer video game made by Riot Games where players take control of a character called champion, and are matched with and against other players in teams.

According to a 2012 Forbes article, League of Legends was the most played PC game in North America and Europe in terms of the number of hours played.

Of course, League of Legends it is not the only addictive online video game out there. There is other games such as World of Warcraft, Lineage 2, Dota 2, etc.

In general, any online video game can become extremely addictive. Some people are able to balance out their life while playing video games. However, there other people that have a difficult time managing their lives due to the gaming lifestyle that those people have.

The reward system in these games are the main cause for the addiction. It makes the person/player feel that they are achieving a certain type of reward that will benefit them in the game by acquiring lvl, some kind of virtual currency, or rank. Consequently, it makes the person try to put more time into these games in order to fulfill an unreal world. Some people get so emerged into these games that they prefer to live in a virtual reality than in real life.

Once you are addicted to video games, you start experiencing the bad side effects of the addiction. For instance, you prefer spend time playing those video games instead of making physical activities with other people. Moreover, you make up excuses why you can’t attend to social events, work, or even school. Once you start making up excuses in order to play, you need to realize that is just a game because ultimately whatever you achieve in those will not benefit you in the real world at all.

Other side effects includes:

  • Having difficult time maintaining a job.
  • Having a difficult time at school.
  • Having a difficult time managing your time productively.
  • Having a difficult time getting a girlfriend. And, if you already have one, you will be constantly be fighting.

Fortunately, addictions are habits that you can change them. Warrant Buffet once said, “The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.” In other words, the sooner you realize you have a problem with video games, the better it will be for you to change that habit.

You are not too late to change that habit. And, you certainly can’t let gaming life takes over the real life.

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