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10 Symptoms of Game Addiction

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What’s up gamers? As we know, gaming has become such a common pass-time these days that it’s easy to get addicted. Even I have to admit that sometimes I become a straight up addict when it comes to a specific video game. So I decided to knock up these 10 symptoms of Gaming addiction. Let’s hope no addict suffers from all 10 of these at one time, that would be crazy.

1. You buy at least one video game per week.

I have seen it happen in person; a good friend of mine once bought four new video games in one week. That’s what you call recession proof.

2. Your only purpose for being employed is to buy Video Games.

I’m not going to lie, when I saw the February 2009 line up, It made me eager to increase the amount of shifts I do at work. It’s just too bad they didn’t want to give me the shifts I wanted, damn them!

3. You buy games that you KNOW you will not play more than twice.

If you purchase games, just for the hell of it, or just because you never like leaving the store empty handed, then you officially have problems my friend. Do yourself a favor and don’t pick up games like Hour of Victory just because there is a lack of triple A titles. Instead, go back and get all those Mass Effect achievements.

4. You feel too much pressure in a relationship because you have to sacrifice gaming time for your partner.

It’s a very common thing to see somebody’s video game habits get in the way of their relationship, or for a partner to get jealous at the amount of time their loved one spends gaming. If you find it hard giving up time for your lover so that you can rank up on Call Of Duty, then I really do feel for you.

5. When you’re not gaming, your reading about them (On The Koalition right?)

As an addicted gamer, how else are you going to keep up on the latest games and industry news other than logging on to the Internet every day to fulfill your hunger for information. Sites like VG247 and The Koalition bring you back on a daily basis to see what’s to come next in the world of gaming.

6. You no longer watch TV.

I am a victim to this symptom as TV is now appealing to me less and less. What is there on TV that can offer me what Gaming and the Internet do hmm? Heck, they may as well start making shows like American Idol and Lost into video games, oh wait they already have. Point made!

7. You only realize that you have not eaten yet when your stomach growls.

No that’s not one of the zombies in Left 4 Dead, that’s actually your stomach telling you to feed yourself before you turn into a zombie.

8. You realize that you eventually need to move house because your gaming collection is ever growing.

Does your room look smaller and smaller every day? Do you have to continuously make room to house that new Collector’s Edition? Then you are a victim of this symptom

9. You run out of things to talk about when speaking to people who do not game.

Does conversation get very limited to those who do not follow the gaming industry? Then you may need some new hobbies and interests because that is a huge problem. When your friend talks about that Packers game from last night, he may not be talking about playing Madden on Xbox Live.

10. You dust off your console(s) and vacuum the room every week, KNOWING damn well that you never did chores before you owned game consoles.

Every game addict knows that it is mandatory to take good care of those systems; they make them ever so delicate these days.

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Gary A. Swaby Co-founder/UK Managing Editor
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