The Virtual Addiction

October 19, 2018

 

Video game addiction is a growing issue in many developed parts of the world. With video games getting more and more popular, developers are trying to make games as addictive as possible to get more people to play their games. Some video games are so addictive they can be compared to other major addictions like substance abuse or gambling. In fact, video games are getting so addictive that video game rehab centers have been popping up around the world. For example, places like Cottonwood Tucson and reStart are more famous centers. But what makes video games so addicting?

Video game addiction is common, but only some games are addictive. Studies by the World Health Organization show the most addicting games are games that don’t have a definitive end. They are often online games that people can play against other players in fictional combat, or MMO (massively multiplayer online) games. These games are updated often, on a predetermined schedule so players will come back. Addictive games are often free too. These free games will let the players play the game with the base weapons and the base items, but then use some form of in game currency to get in game rewards and level up quickly. Often players will be forced to pay hundreds of dollars just to compete. Otherwise, the people who do pay the sum will have a huge in-game advantage. 

But these addictive games are becoming more popular. With titles like Call of Duty, Fortnite, and Overwatch becoming huge hits, more people have become addicts to these games. In  2010, according to The Guardian, a baby died because of neglect from her parents. The parents had become so addicted to the MMO game Prius that they did not take care of their baby. A similar incident happened when a father left his five-month- old child to drown while he played video games according to 3USA Today. 

 

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