Anyone here addicted to America's Army

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Anyone here addicted to America's Army

I know most addicts play rpg's but i play shooters. First it was tribes and planetside which i could manage. then it was AA, the game developed by the US army. I almost ended my education because of it and have still yet to finish my master's thesis which i stopped wrinting to lpay the game.

I dont play anymore for the past couple months because i have no internet connection anymore and i live with my gf but sometimes i get urges to play the same way i get them for sex or food or what not.

I am still deciding whether i should start playing again or not. now all i do is watch tv and movies.

Anyone else here addicted to shooters, or is it all rpg's?

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I've played the training part of A.A. a few times but couldn't get the online version of the game to play well.
I've played many FPSs from Doom to Return to Castle Wolfenstein and most recently, Battlefield 2 over the years and actually prefer them to RPGs.

I still play BF-2 from time to time but both, my wife and I, have noticed that playing it for long periods of time makes me edgy, quick-tempered and I have problems getting to sleep at night because of the adrenalin. I actually never had those problems with RPGs, but I was tired from sitting and playing RPGs for countless hours every day/night.

I am not playing much of anything at the moment because I have other priorities.

Not to brag, but it's nice being able to finally control when I play and for how long, and if I want to stop, I can.

Shooters, especially multiplayer ones, can really mess up your mood and sleeping patterns, especially if you play heavily before going to bed.

Finish your Master's thesis. It only gets harder the longer you wait. Games will be waiting for you when you are done. Who knows? You may not want to bother with them once you've gotten your degree.

Good luck on your studies!

Ron

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Yes, I play FPSs also. I get addicted to all kinds of games easily. RPGs, FPSs, and RTSs are all favorites of mine. Just depends on the mood i'm in. My favorite FPS is Battlefield 1942 with the Desert Combat mod. I've been playing DC since version .3 and have been around for most of it's development - it's very addictive. The guys who made it eventually became part of the BF2 team. Actually it's the only game I still have left on my computer so far. Will have to erase it as well, because I can play it for hours on end. As for AA, yeah, I didn't make it through training lol and was fed up with that. I have played Planetside some back in the day.

I agree. I think FPSs can put you on edge and stress you out. I have been noticing some of that recently myself.

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Yes, I am a huge addict of FPS. I don't play MMORPG's. I can luckily say I have no interest in them. But I play shooters like nothing else. I never was addicted before I came to college. My brother hogged the computer, and we only had one computer and we didn't have a console until I nearly graduated high school so I didn't have the oppurtunity to get addicted I guess. Sophmore year second semester I came back with an XBOX 360 that I got for Christmas. Somehow I barely played it. But come Fall '07 with Halo 3 my life as I knew it changed. Maybe it was because I was in a major I was not happy with, the workload was overwhelming to a point I did not think I could do it. I stopped going to one of my classes that I knew I'd fail. I played Halo 3 non-stop. In hour breaks between classes, at night, in the morning, which usually was not after waking up but which was defined to me by the sun coming up because I didn't go to sleep. But the problem continues. I am in a major I like now, but all I can think about is playing. When I do homework, which is so hard for me to settle down and do I take breaks to play, long breaks. I wish I could stop. I go from game to game.
I have played Halo 3, Gears of War, Wow (for a week), and now Rainbow Six Las Vegas 2. I want to buy Army of Two, but that will be another .2 GPA drop for me most likely. I have class at 10:10 am and its 4:30 am now, and all I wanna do is hop on. I think I might.

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This is exactly why is sought out an addiction therapy site such as olganon, for my diluted interest in AA, the forums, the editor, the game, and the clan memberships. I'm in a clan now that has issues with me being in it and I'm stressed out about being kicked out. I know it sounds all superficial but someone my identity is connected to my membership. Crazy, I know. I would rather just leave if it wasen't for the clan tag that is an umbrella i use in the AA forums for status. Crazy more! I know I should just walk away from the clan but inside me something keeps justifying me to stay and that makes no sense either. So, someone help me to figure this out.

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I'm struggling with leaving the clan community as it serves no purpose in RL. Just today, I learned more about my walk in Christ, that I was lacking in that effort and my family relationships was suffereing from it. This morning, while at work, more good news about my shortcomings has arisen and actually taking the news well, while in the past, I would dismiss it and move on to the next pleasurable activity that suited me. Well, I missed the boat on that years ago just now finding out, what I probably already knew, is my life is to be in service to others, and dump my pride, and act with an eye on sacrifice and humility. The best part about all this, is my kids are still at home to benefit from their dad getting his head on straight and the struggle to keep it there. It's tough for I've always looked at games as entertainment when actually it has been a drain on my family relationships, robbing my kids of their dad, and isolating me from God's plan for my life. I was so selfish and blind to everything that is important and have lost so much time that I can't make up. This morning, I came into the house to serve my kids and wife, instead of manipulate and give lip service. I told my son, who walks closer to Christ at 16 years old, that he is an inspiration to me. I spoke to my daughter with sincertiy and love, instead of looking for faults. I told my wife I wanted her and touched her with love and tenderness instead of lust. There has been a change that I will continue to foster and begin to break from old habits that have been destructive up until yesterday. While I haven't left the clan, I see the need to do so and will make this move soon, when I'm ready and have purposed in my heart to do so with perminency. This journey could not have happened without this site and my own willingness to change. Thank you.

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Hugs to you, confused. I know you can do it.

"Small service is true service while it lasts.  Of humblest friends, bright creature! scorn not one

The daisy, by the shadow that it casts,

Protects the lingering dewdrop from the sun." -------William Wordsworth

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Another member of that community asked me what was going on. After I told him, he told me he wouldn't stand for it and would have left already and told me I was a better man for putting up with it. I don't know if I see that as a compliment or a sign of my inability to walk away from this pettiness. At anyrate, they had their meeting and the next day decided to ban me from the site. At first, withdrawal--man, was I upset and relieved. Weird. I wanted to go but I couldn't do it myself. Now, that its over, having to change all my logins to reflect the separation, I'm still railing about the rejection. I suppose its normal to feel bad about others doing that but at the same time the community is nothing more than a meeting place for voice communications in a game I seldom play. Told my wife and she was happy and unmoved by the event, which is perfect for her, she can put me to work on other projects that I conveniently avoided when I was online. It sounds awful that we use gaming as an excuse. We've talked about this group, OLGANON, and my issues with FPS, and have made some progress at talking about it and taking the blinders off to how it was hurting the family. The other night, I bought and downloaded CoD4 online to find it was just too like BF2. The hook in the game is the rank attainment, and had I not played BF2 sometime ago, this little web would have spun me like white on rice and my ship would have been sunk. Fortunately, I played for all of about an hour and decided I had too many issues with games and uninstalled (deleting the download as well) and getting a refund. I'm done with games that sap my time and steal my life. I've always had America's Army, a free game to play recreationally, and offers just enough incentive that I play for an hour or so a week, instead of when I played for hours every day. I'm making head way and for the most part, spending more time doing the things that are more important. Just this morning, I told my wife I wanted to pack up the new computer and send back to Dell for a refund. She was :o , to say the least, but soothed me and said it was my system for other productive functions, like my submarine and aviation simulations, which I hardly play. She's right, of course, the sims have always been easy to pause, walk away for hours, if not days. I'm missing something here and would appreciate some input so I can come to grips with it. Any ideas?

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