OK, many out there are coming here and bashing the folks who are running this sight without really taking the time to sit down and look at things logically.
A) Many things in life are addictive. Looked at absolutely literally ANYTHING you enjoy is addictive. You do it and want to do it over and over so you get that 'good feeling' again.
B) Online games, or games of ANY sort, are addictive. They can give you that 'good feeling' and everyone likes that. There is NOTHIGN wrong or bad in that. It is how humanity works.
C) The problem this board is trying to address is not online gameing. The problem this board is trying to addres is people who cannot CONTROL the LIMIT of their online gaming.
Online gaming is not a problem. The problem is addiction. In this instance the people here, because of personal tragedy or experience, have decided to help others in their addictions to Online games.
Just like Alcoholics anonymous was founded for the same reason.
Alcohol is only truly bad for you if you let it become an addiction. ANYTHING that is 'good' or good for you, when used without moderation, can and will become a problem. That is fact.
ADDICTION is the problem. The focus of an addicition is just whatever make an individual's brain fire off the most endorphins.
Obvisouly there are physically addictive situations too, liked some drugs that, when taken, alter the biochemistry of the body amking them almost required by the body. That is also an addiction, but not one of the mind.
OLGA is a resource, like any that are targeting addicts, to HELP PEOPLE.
There ARE people who play EQ too much. Just like there ARE poeple who drink too much. Or who GOLF too much. Or who Ski too much or do anything too much.
Those people should have a resource to turn to once they realise a personal problem. OLGA seems to a be a resource for those with a ORPG addiction. And they do happen.
To me it does not seem like OLGA is saying EQ or DAOC or any Online Game is bad or wrong or unhealthy simply because it exists. They are saying that there are people who cannot control or limit the amount they play and this is a problem they are targeting and want to help.
They concentrate on Online Games because it is what they know.
People cannot fight all the addiction battles. Folks who have been touched by drug addicts fight drug addiction, because that is what they know. Folks who have been touched by alcohol addicts fight alcohol addiction, because that is what they know. Folks who have been touched by Online Game addicts fight online game addiction (note not online gaming), because that is what they know.
It is unreasonable to tell them that they should not help people or that they are trying to blame gaming. Gaming was just the focus of the problem. The avenue chosen to express the addiction issue for those involve. Had gaming never existed who is to say a different type of activity may have not resulted in an addiction?
Let them help people who need help. Some will. That is a simple fact. I defy anyone who plays any online game and who posts here to say they have never met ANYONE who they think does not play too much. I know I have.
Again, they are not condeming online gaming. They are condemning/combating the ADDICTION to it that some MAY have. And I say good luck to them.
Mind you I still play and enjoy EQ. I have played since the open beta in Feb of 1999. I plan to play and enjoy it untill it no longer is enjoyable. To me it is a hobby. Like some folks build models, or collect baseball cards or play tennis.
But all those things I posted can also be a problem if a person becomes addicted to it or if their emotional vulnerabilty makes them unable to limit their own involvment when it becomes exessive.
My condolences to those who have lost a close loved one.