Choose the shape of your addiction...
What’s with my obsession with the next quest/level/loot item? Why is so hard to drag myself away from some games? Am I addicted or do I just love playing RPGs?
It all began when I starting playing the awesome game by Sierra - Quest for Glory “So you want to be a hero” or Hero’s Quest 1 – back then my HDDless PC would ask me to change floppy disk everytime I changed the screen. But, this tedious way of playing via disk wasn’t enough for me to stop playing and continuing to complete quests for rewards or gold! I think I was 12 when I was playing this and there were so many arguments with my parents of either get off the computer or go to bed! Our PC was at the other end of the house from my parents so I’d wake up and play in the night.
I didn’t know it but from then on RPG/Dungeon Crawlers would be an obsession!
Diablo, Diablo 2, NeverWinter Nights, just to name a few, had me hooked. Each time I went to finish playing it was always just one more quest or one level. Then when MMO’s came to life on a mass scale (my first being Guild Wars 1) it was even harder to stop – not only was I enjoying the game but now I was with friends. We would game to see who could stay on the longest or up the latest before having to front up to work the next day! Yes I admit there was a few sick days taken just to play these stranglehold games).
After Guild Wars some of the team moved to WoW and this was even more addictive – our guild had races on who could max out fishing or cooking the fastest etc. It was also a race to get to level 60 then 70 and then 80. But, is it the race I was addicted to now or was it still the “just one more” scenario like back in the day?
I must have an addictive personality but my vice is computer games not drugs or gambling – (I do love a good beer every now and then though) I sometimes wonder if I could quit if I actually wanted to? I don’t want to stop playing WoW and as I stated in my last article I can’t give as much time as I used to but if I had to completely stop I wonder how I would cope?
Are there any games that you have/had trouble to stop playing? Do you think you’re addicted?
- Ben "Lotion" Hayes
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