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Old 06-03-2010, 04:36 PM
 
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Any serious addiction and\or mental illness is a sad sad thing.
lol. how many gamers are addicts? few, and even then they probably have an addictive personality to begin with. people have sex, but only a few are bona fide sex addicts.

Another point is that what about people who watch a lot of reality TV? what shallow brain-dead **** is that? lol... Or soap operas? Who gives a poo if the characters are cheating on x? I couldn't date somebody who primarily saw reality TV or soap operas. And before somebody calls me judgmental, well I like what I like. Reality TV is simply not stimulating enough and is too common and shallow. I cannot be faulted for having likes and dislikes.
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Old 06-03-2010, 04:45 PM
 
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lol. how many gamers are addicts? few, and even then they probably have an addictive personality to begin with. people have sex, but only a few are bona fide sex addicts.

Another point is that what about people who watch a lot of reality TV? what shallow brain-dead **** is that? lol... Or soap operas? Who gives a poo if the characters are cheating on x? I couldn't date somebody who primarily saw reality TV or soap operas. And before somebody calls me judgmental, well I like what I like. Reality TV is simply not stimulating enough and is too common and shallow. I cannot be faulted for having likes and dislikes.

As a gamer, Ive never understood this - people ALWAYS tend to address gaming through the prism of addiction. They always qualify everything they say about gaming with such phrases as "As long as it doesnt become an addiction..."

I wonder why that is?...Isnt it common sense by now that anything in excess can be unhealthy/counterproductive? Why does gaming automatically draw that connotation? Shopping or reading can be unhealthy if they become an addiction.

Im not saying that the people who say this are wrong at all, it just seems like people kind of single gaming out as the one form of entertainment that can become a dangerous addiction
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:03 PM
 
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Your title says it all! I'm not interested in "adult males"; I'm interested in men!
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:57 PM
 
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I grew up on the original nintendo system and to this day video games are one of my favorite past times. I'm 34 now and will probably be into it for decades to come. My wife is cool with and in fact also likes to play the games also, although not the same ones as I.

I don't understand how some see it as bad to play video games for a couple hours but are ok watching tv or a movie for a couple hours. Games these days are blowing away movies. They have story lines and settings that put most tv shows and movies to shame. Also, they are interactive and many are now adaptive and the outcomes vary based upon your actions. Games have come a long, long way. Also games are not marketed mostly to kids. On the wii maybe, but overall there are a lot of very successful games that are rated M. Movies and tv just don't offer the depth of entertainment that modern games do. I think some people still think of the kiddy games of decades past when they think of video games.

My 57 yr old dad recently got hooked on the ps3. He was blown away and had no idea of how far games had come. It's certainly not a kids only form of entertaiment. Similar to movies, there are kids cartoons and there arw adult war films, horror films, dramas, etc.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:02 PM
 
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I think they are fun to hang out with. I love playing video games.
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Old 06-04-2010, 02:35 AM
 
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You can not compare women's opinions on video games to reading. If you want to know what women think of men who read a lot, ask THAT and see the replies. Why on earth you thought asking about video games would give you insight into what women think about reading is beyond me.
Great post. Reading and video games are very distinct forms of entertainment. I personally would love it if a boyfriend of mine read a book once in a while. The OP puzzles me with this comparison.
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Old 06-04-2010, 06:10 AM
 
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As a gamer, Ive never understood this - people ALWAYS tend to address gaming through the prism of addiction. They always qualify everything they say about gaming with such phrases as "As long as it doesnt become an addiction..."

I wonder why that is?...Isnt it common sense by now that anything in excess can be unhealthy/counterproductive? Why does gaming automatically draw that connotation? Shopping or reading can be unhealthy if they become an addiction.

Im not saying that the people who say this are wrong at all, it just seems like people kind of single gaming out as the one form of entertainment that can become a dangerous addiction
I think video games will always have this stigma that it's only for young people, which is pretty ridiculous when you consider the age of the average gamer is 30 and more adults buy a Wii than kids (hello Wii fit). To each their own I guess.

People watch reality shows like its their life but somehow that also doesn't qualify as being bad.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:47 AM
 
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I think video games will always have this stigma that it's only for young people, which is pretty ridiculous when you consider the age of the average gamer is 30 and more adults buy a Wii than kids (hello Wii fit). To each their own I guess.

People watch reality shows like its their life but somehow that also doesn't qualify as being bad.
exactly...I read that the average age of a gamer is like 33 or 34 - which is still young but its not childhood, as many think video games are intended for. That coincides with the fact that that age group would be both technologically savvy AND financially stable enough to play video games. I know that I will be playing games until my fingers become too arthritic and riddled with rheumatoid to grasp the controller. But by then we will probably be gaming via brain waves anyway...

And reality shows make me sick personally...but people are glued to them like they have some real intrinsic value...Yet they are considered "cool" and "hip" etc. Whatever, I think they're immensely lame. I also think most movies have been lame recently too. But I dont begrudge people for enjoying those forms of entertainment...even if they become addictions..*are there movie addicts?*

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Old 06-04-2010, 03:54 PM
 
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I'm going to file this right next to one of my other favorite threads....the one where I have a small penis because I drive a high-end sportscar. lol.

Let the bashin' continue.
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