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Posted: Jan 29th 2012 4:03PM Faction 3 said

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I wonder what mediocre achievement they'll compare to Winning the World Cup to this time...

Posted: Jan 29th 2012 4:10PM Lenn said

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That was actually pretty good.

Posted: Jan 29th 2012 4:15PM Deadalon said

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Really good movie that shows how sick the genre is in general. This is actually what designers and publishers want from ppl. That they play away their lifes spending money for a game.

This one had a mild addiction tho. I know quite a few ppl that lost work or quit school over it. Most are bums now that do nothing but play WOW. I doubt any of them will actually become anything RL. Sad to see 16-25 year olds end up like that.

But the most intresting part ofc... is tthat WOW is a sub game and still this guy spent money on much more than the sub. And this trend is just starting now.

HOpefully we will see a change in development of MMO games in the future where NORMAL ppl and NORMAL activities are considered to be more important than gearscore or a mount in a game that gets outaded in 10 years or so. Maybe its time ppl realise this. Cause alot of ppl dont.

Posted: Jan 29th 2012 4:51PM (Unverified) said

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@Deadalon I support what you're saying and all, but...

Your shoving normal down my throat as if playing online games makes me abnormal. It's not a good word for it, and kind of insulting.
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Posted: Jan 29th 2012 7:02PM Deadalon said

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Im sorry but billions of ppl do not play WOW 4-8 hours per day every day of the week. See - those ppl are normal.
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Posted: Jan 29th 2012 7:44PM (Unverified) said

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@Deadalon

OH! So nice that you're the arbiter of what is classified as 'normal' in society. That must be a full-time job, walking around and informing people as to how they're supposed to behave if they want to be considered 'normal'. How much does that position pay anyway? I imagine that many could do a much better job, given the abysmal state of your communicative skills in the written English language and basic logical reasoning, not to mention tolerance.


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Posted: Jan 29th 2012 8:39PM Cyroselle said

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@Deadalon And some of those people that don't play online games have alternative lifestyle dungeons set up in their homes. ...what is this 'normal' thing?
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 11:43AM AGx07162 said

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@Deadalon Despite what this documentary may want the viewers to believe, compared to the overall population of the earth, gamers in general, and even MMO players specifically, the types of people who are "addicted" to these games to the point where it negatively affects the rest of their lives are an extreme minority. Whats more, its not the developers or publishers fault.

For anyone between the ages of 1-18, its the parents fault if the child becomes that way. I have friends whose parent cut them off if it got too bad. That's what PARENTING is about.

For anyone that's 21+ its their own fault. At that point you should have enough common sense to realize what the real world requires, which is not you sitting on your ass playing games. If you work for a living and spend the rest of your time playing games, fine, as long as you're productive.

For anyone between 18-21 its a bit of a grey area. This is the time where people generally ruin their lives. You're on your own, no parents, no real grap on the world yet. Look at the stats of where people ruin their credit. Its in that area for the majority. In this case, its STILL the parent's fault, imo, because they should instill some sort of teachings in them so they don't turn out like this.

I'm not saying this addiction isn't real. When FFXI first came out, I spent a year saving up money JUST to play it (I was a kid back then). I hadn't even played an MMO before that and I was addicted but it didn't ruin me, thanks to good parenting. I have a job, a degree, a fiance, and an apartment and I still play MMOs hours on end.
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Posted: Jan 30th 2012 4:54PM Protoavis said

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@Deadalon

Billions of people live in poverty is poverty normal is so you having the luxury to be on the internet at all is probably abnormal...
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Posted: Jan 29th 2012 4:25PM J45neoboy said

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Makes me wanna play World of Warcraft..,,,,,

Posted: Jan 29th 2012 4:27PM (Unverified) said

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So sick of seeing WoW being scapegoated like this.

MMO 'addiction' is a symptom, not a cause.

Posted: Jan 29th 2012 4:36PM laelgon said

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@(Unverified) Exactly, without MMOs people would be finding something else to get addicted to. People get 'addicted' to MMOs because they're trying to escape real life, just like alcoholics or drug users.
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Posted: Jan 29th 2012 4:42PM shirtntie said

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I agree. There is no such thing as "Game Addiction". The word that people are confusing addiction with is compulsion.

However i do like this young mans personal story and its really inspiring. He was unhappy with where his life was and he decided to change. And now he is happier. Amazing. =)

The production value of this video is also great. Good job!
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Posted: Jan 29th 2012 4:47PM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) More important to me, it's not "addiction". That's a misnomer, and I thought we were moving away from it. Addiction is a physical need. Video games don't have directly physical effects. It's called video game compulsion. There is no heroin or nicotine in the glow of a computer screen, as much as we like to joke otherwise.

S'like calling digital piracy "theft". Addiction and compulsion are similar, and equally bad, but the former is a much more loaded word that seems to be being used incorrectly for the shock value.
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Posted: Jan 29th 2012 5:15PM chum said

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Disagree. Compulsion is a component of addiction. On topic, the video was very well made and happy to see him able to overcome something that was clearly unhealthy.
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Posted: Jan 29th 2012 6:20PM bobfish said

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Whatever the correct term, its the same as "problem" that gambling causes.

More importantly though, people need to understand that it isn't the game that needs fixing, its the person that can't control their need to play it. This is recognised as real issue in Europe and Asia, where institutes are already in place helping those addicted to gaming.

It is a serious problem, I'm just glad I don't suffer from it.
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Posted: Jan 29th 2012 4:30PM Sipher said

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Wow!(No pun intended) Amazing film that shows the true side of the gaming industry. It has its ups and downs.

Posted: Jan 29th 2012 4:44PM Tryptamind said

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Amazing documentary that shows what people "at the top" of the mmo field have to give up in real life.

And to those of you who are scoffing at this person's story: take a good hard look in the mirror, that monkey on your back might be the one screaming the disagreement.

Posted: Jan 29th 2012 5:14PM Wic said

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He got laid because of a game and the girl didnt want any long term commitment?!!!! Nice video, I like things that force people to ask questions of themselves. Sadly the economic climate is forcing more and more people to escape reality.

Posted: Jan 29th 2012 5:26PM FrostPaw said

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"Wasting My Life" playing a video game.

"Living it up" pissing away my wages on booze every week.

It's pretty amazing how people detatch socialising from a video game genre that encourages you to play with other real people.

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