Is this an addiction?

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Is this an addiction?

I think this is a different type of addiction, if it is an addiction.
I really dont meet the requirements as stated on this site. I only play a few hours here and there and some days dont play at all. So why do I have to buy these games? Maybe I am looking for the one I can feel comfortable in, I dont know.

I have 2-3 subscriptions to different games. Ranging around 15.00 a month. When a new game comes out, I have to buy it. Money is no object.
I have been playing mmorpg's since 1997. My cabinet is packed full of old game boxes.
So what category do I fall in?

Games I have played:
A Tale in the Desert, Anarchy Online, Asheron's Call, Asherons Call 2, Auto Assault, City of Heroes (Playing now), City of Villains (playing now), Dark Age of Camelot, EVE Online, EverQuest, EverQuest II, Flyff, Graal Online, Guild Wars, Horizons, Irth Online, Jumpgate, Knight Online, Neocron, PlanetSide, Rise, Second Life, Shadowbane, Space Cowboy, Star Wars Galaxies, Matrix Online (beta), The Saga of Ryzom, The Sims Online, Toontown Online, Ultima Online(3 yrs), Vendetta Online, World of Warcraft (still playing), World War II Online, Earth and Beyond (played for 2 years) and There.

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Re: Is this an addiction?

Jokingly: Compulsive buying disorder

Seriously: If money is no object, does this behaviour stop you from living a life worth living?

Or did you mean with "money is no object" that it drains your resources.

Either way, only you can decide whether it is an addiction or whether it is harmful.

From what I have read I would say it is simply a gamer catering to his/her hobby.

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Re: Is this an addiction?

YIKES!!!!!!!!!

You must be loaded to be subscribed to that many games... I mean.... WOW.

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Re: Is this an addiction?

Well as I always say I can only see addiction from my own point of view so this is my suggestion and questions:
1. When you play can you take breaks? I mean besides eating and going to the bathroom? or do you just stay at the computer for all those hours?
2. When you play do you lock out everything else? I mean if the phone rings you can't hear it etc? A suggestion I have is think about if you are using gaming as a drug, I have used gaming as a way to lock out the rest of the world because my problems has it's roots with me not having enough contact with my brothers and my mother so I sat and played to stop thinking about it.

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Re: Is this an addiction?

As I have said in other posts, I do not play that many hours, on average, but it is somewhat more of a binge thing for me (I guess, similar to that of a binge drinker/alcoholic). Also, I usually do it, along with other forms of procrastination, when I can least afford to waste that time. To me, as already mentioned above in several other posts, the key thing to determine whether or not you are addicted to something is control and cravings. If you have control and do not have cravings, then you are not addicted (although you may still be playing excessively, but that is another issue). I sometimes have cravings to play video games and when I do, even if I don't do it very often, I have trouble limiting or restricting myself as to how much time I spend. On the other hand, for example, I rarely, if ever drink alcohol. On average over the last few years, I have less than one drink per month, with it being at least 3 months since my last drink. I never, even when I am depressed, stressed, etc., feel any desire to drink. I hope that this helps clarify how I, at least, view whether or not you have an addiction problem, even if it is not causing too many problems in other areas in your life (I do believe this has been called being a "functional gaming addict" in other posts).

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Re: Is this an addiction?

It sounds like you don't play the games above "normal" playhours, so you are not a gaming-addict. But my question is why do you buy all this games? Is it really because you search after a game you like to play more? Thaat could lead directly to another addition! And is it because you ned th "rush" of something new? Then you are addicted to shop games. There ar eshoppingaddiction in other forms, that can get out of hands like shopping clothes. You should consider to simply not buy a new game for at least a month and look out if it has any affects on you. If you feel like missing it, you should resist the urge, because it simply is not worth it. I did this a long time too, hopping from game to game wanting more and more new stuff, spending tons of money in computer games and hardware. But when I look back what I got in return? Nothing really. Even if your case is not that common, I know how you feel, because I was like that. But I stopped after finding a game that got me addicted and wondering afterwards what all the games and electrical gadgets got me? They only stole freetime, I could have spent better! So please consider my advice and if you have more specific questions, I can tell you more about my experiences which sound too much like yours! Love Bob

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Re: Is this an addiction?

I have only one question as well. What would happen if you canceled all the subscriptions, deleted all the games from your computer, and threw all the discs and boxes away, and never bought another one? If you would have a problem with that, you have a problem. If these things mean nothing to you, then you probably do not have a problem. We can't tell from here, only you can. If you decide you have a problem and want help, you came to the right place.

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Re: Is this an addiction?

Just though I point out that you guys are giving very good, well meant advice to someone who posted almost exactly a year ago (shiva was still calm force back then ... ;)) :D

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