Extra Credits: Game Compulsion (Part 3)

This week, we return to the subject of Game Compulsion and its causes.

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  • One question that doesn't really seem to have been answered though is, why does game compulsion only seem to happen to PC gamers? Because even though I've grown up with games all my life and as much as my parents say i'm "addicted" to games. It hasn't in anyway secluded myself from the real world. Yet, with PC'rs we somehow see some lives engulfed by play online (not sure how they can afford basic necessitates on their own but thats a whole different tangent) and some (very few) lives completely ruined by games.

    How does this happen? What is it about the PC that can literally glue people to it and make them forget about everything? Even bodily needs like food. Cuz as much as I love playing, no matter how immersed I am in playing, my stomach is gonna break me out of it if I haven't eaten in hours.

  • @DarkStranger

    I don't think console gamers are immune to it. If it was true that it's more common in PC gamers, I would assume it's because if someone comes over to play games when you're on a PC, your friend can't play with you because most PC games pretty much expect people to be using seperate machines. Whereas console games you're expected to have people in the same room to use that 2nd or 3rd controller. Also, if someone doesn't have a console but knows a friend, more reason for interactivity in real life.
    I will say that's not as much of the case with newer systems since you can have a facecam and microphone if you want (however it's optional, talking to someone irl you don't have a choice), but if someone comes over they can still play games if it's a console unlike PC games.

    Think of it this way, how often do 4 people play on the same computer? Compare that to how often people will play 4 players on consoles

    When you talk with other people in real life, it's more likely they'll invite you to do other things, so you're not so attached to video games, and so you're not so shy around other people doing new things.

    That's just my theory on that at least.

  • One question that doesn't really seem to have been answered though is, why does game compulsion only seem to happen to PC gamers? Because even though I've grown up with games all my life and as much as my parents say i'm "addicted" to games. It hasn't in anyway secluded myself from the real world. Yet, with PC'rs we somehow see some lives engulfed by play online (not sure how they can afford basic necessitates on their own but thats a whole different tangent) and some (very few) lives completely ruined by games.

    How does this happen? What is it about the PC that can literally glue people to it and make them forget about everything? Even bodily needs like food. Cuz as much as I love playing, no matter how immersed I am in playing, my stomach is gonna break me out of it if I haven't eaten in hours.


    I think it's that a lot of PC games that 'cause it to happen' are MMORPG's or other games where you can type/communicate to other people through typing.

    So you have your communication with other people fulfilled through typing, your sense of accomplishment fulfilled as well as lets be honest, porn. Lot's and lots of porn.

    Plus throw in all the information available on the rest of the internet, so you can constantly be searching up on tangents, be constantly getting communication with other people through those means. etc.

  • Another minute, another Extra Credits episode I neglected to watch for some time.

    You know, I've actually come across people who don't like Extra Credits, or even went as far as to discredit what I have to say BECAUSE I used Extra Credits as a source of knowledge or something I've learned about gaming... That always confused me. After all, the guys on the EC team have ALWAYS tried to be a polite, dignified, and formal about their topics as possible, unlike so many other game journalists or gamers that make videos. I mean, James actually WORKS in the industry, so I would ASSUME he knows what he's talking about.

    But whenever I try to argue this with them, most if not all ALWAYS point back to the Game Compulsion part 2 episode,. While I agree that might not have been the most PROFESSIONAL example, I still sympathize with James, because this is a really personal topic for him... But then again, I GUESS I can kind of understand why people would debunk Extra Credits for that... I think it's stupid of them to do so, I mean, they're only human after all, but whatever. Maybe this episode will address those issues people had.

    I DO have a problem explaining that gaming compulsion isn't really an "addition" like Dan said, but I guess I'm not smart enough because people, mostly people I know in real life, manage to debunk me. Again, maybe this'll help people understand.

    ...You know, I have to say, I'm kind of struggling with who I am and what I'm doing with my life, and where my life is going... Though I don't want to drone on about it here...

  • Does anybody know what study they used that had the evidence for students doing better in school when they felt like their choices mattered?

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