My Boyfriend or Girlfriend Is a Video Game Addict

In this world of modern computers and game consoles, there exists such a word such as video game addiction. It is a mental disorder that can strike any of our love ones without us knowing it. So how do you know if your boyfriend or girlfriend is addicted to video games?

Here’s a simple questionnaire for you to answer to check whether he or she is addicted to video games:

1. Does your partner feel really happy when they’re online or playing their game consoles, but as soon as they have to stop they become angry, irritable, or upset?

2. Does he or she seems to be distracted or disinterested in doing his or her supposed chores but instead goes online or play in his or her console?

3. Does your partner constantly talk too much about his or her achievements in the game?

4. Does your partner start to show signs of unhygienic practices and sleeping disorders?

5. Does he or she spends more time on the keyboard or game console controller than physically hang-out with you, his or her family, and friends?

6. Does your partner have the tendency to lie when ask about his or her game time?

7. Does he or she have a problem controlling the time he or she spends on the computer or game console, spending 2 to 3 hours of play time when he or she just planned to play for 15 minutes?

8. Does your partner have the tendency to get-up in the wee hours of the night just only to check their emails, upgrade their weapons and items, or check-on their characters?

9. When you confront your partner about their video game addiction, do they instantly become defensive and has the tendency to deny it?

10. Does your partner spend too much money for his or her online game or game console?

If you answer YES to at least three of the questions above then your boyfriend or girlfriend has a large tendency of having video game addiction.

Video game addiction is a general term used to define the excessive or compulsive use of computers, online or offline, and game consoles at the risk of neglecting daily life. Video game addiction, despite exhibiting like symptoms with other substance addiction, has not yet been given a diagnostic status by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM). This means that there have been no approved methods of dealing or curing video gaming addiction. Clinician and therapists have their different ways to handle video game addicts, some of them successful while others fail.

So what can an average person like you do if you are concerned about your boyfriend or girlfriend being addicted to video games? Well, you can try some these suggestions:

A. Talk to your boyfriend or girlfriend

First, talk to your boyfriend or girlfriend. Find out more about his or her addiction. Sometimes his or her addiction is a product of him or her hiding from negative or uncomfortable feelings or situations.

Some video game addicts treat their computer games, online connection, and game consoles as a self-medication when they are confronted with uncomfortable situations, like feeling sad, arguing with a friend, or getting a bad grade. Video game addicts “hide” in the game as a method of avoidance.

Talking to your significant other can help him or her realize the gravity of the situation. Explain to him or her that hiding away from their problems will not necessarily solve, as much as their games can’t solve it for them. Explain and assure them that you will be there to guide and support them.

B. Talk to their family

It is also a good idea to talk to your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s family. In this way you will be able to alert them of the possibility that their son or daughter might be addictive to video games, if they still don’t know about it.

If they do know about their son’s or daughter’s video game addiction, it would be easier for you to inquire and ask for their help. Encourage, support, and coordinate with them in pursuing ways to alleviate their son’s or daughter’s video game addiction.

C. Try to limit your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s contact with his games.

As much as possible, you must try to limit your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s game time over his computer or game consoles. This move might be drastic and might be imposing on both you and your boyfriend or girlfriend, but explain to him or her that it is for the best.

Create a certain time frame or schedule wherein your significant other can spend his or her time on his games and consoles. Compromise a game time and length that can possibly work for both you and him/her. Two to three hours per day is the most acceptable game time length for such a situation; and slowly reduce it further after your boyfriend or girlfriend have adjusted to your system.

Employ the help of their family members and friends to ensure that the time schedule is strictly being followed.

D. Encourage your boyfriend or girlfriend to do other activities.

The main point is to take your significant other away from his games and consoles as much as possible.

For your girlfriend, try bringing her girl’s fashion and trendy magazine and tell her that today’s fashion fits her perfectly. You can also bring her love and romance pocketbooks and egg on her to read about it.

For your boyfriend, try bringing him to sports competition and encourage him to try sports like football and basketball.

Also you try to arrange a weekly picnic, a day alone with your significant other on the most romantic landscape you can think of. Make it a day he or she will cherish and look on to every week.

If you really think that your boyfriend or girlfriend is experiencing video game addiction; then don’t have to hesitate to help or call for help, because the threat of video game addiction is very real.

A long time gamer and writer for http://www.gamingclimax.com.

I love MMORPG’s, and everything gaming industry related.

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Curing Video Game Addiction

Are you a Video Game Addict?

Do you find yourself lounging in your comfy chair and playing your favorite video game for hours? But you think it is not really that bad, as long as your Human Paladin levels up. Then you realize you haven’t taken a bath for quite a few days and your clothes started to stink. But then again, you think that an Orc Berserker smells worse than you. Then you stole a quick glimpse around your pad and noticed how messy and littered it has been. Again you shrugged it off and think there can still be worst places like the dreaded Frozen Undead Realms. Finally, your friends dumped you for not spending time with them. With this final straw of annoyance, you proudly yell, “I don’t need friends, I have my Undead Legions!”

Surely this might be an exaggerated sign of Video Game Addiction, but sadly some video game addicts do exhibit such exaggerated reactions, to some extent that some commits suicide when something happens untoward to their game.

Video game addiction is simply defined as an excessive or compulsive use of computers and video games that interferes with daily life. Despite displaying symptoms that are characteristic of other addictions, video game addiction has not been given a diagnostic status by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). These behaviors include failure to stop playing games, difficulties in work and school, lying to loved ones, decreased attention to personal hygiene, decreased attention to family and friends, and disturbances in the sleep cycle.

But, hey, let’s be hopeful. Having a video game addiction doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. There’s still a way out of it but it would need a large amount of work and willpower.

Steps in “Curing” Video Gaming Addiction

Since there is no formal diagnosis for video gaming addiction, there is still no approved therapy or method of curing video gaming addiction. But there are some ways a video game addict can do to help in alleviating video game addiction. Here are some of those suggested means:

Limit your GAME TIME.

Set a specific time and duration for playing on your gaming system. Limit your game time to at most 1-2 hours per day. It will be hard at first, but when your body has adapted to it, it will be easy as a normal daily activity. In other for you too easily adapt to it, try thinking about your game time as a reward for doing your other activities.

Make sure that you tell your friends, parents, or siblings about your plan to limit your gaming time. Provide them with a specific timetable of the gaming schedule you have in mind. In that way they can easily check-up on you and monitor if you are following your desired gaming time schedules.

Limiting your game time not only frees a large amount of time for you to pursue other activities besides playing games, it also corrects your biological clock (which is attuned to gaming over long period of hours) slowly.

Dispose of your GAME MACHINES.

If you are really so determined to cure your video game addiction and would do anything to achieve such a feat, then there’s only one thing to do-dispose your GAME MACHINES. These game machines can range from video game consoles, mobile game machines, PCs, among others. But whatever it may be if you have really decided to dispose of them then do it, as soon as possible so that you won’t be tempted to use it.

You can sell these game consoles for a price at your local stores or to your friends who have been eyeing it for ages. You can try to hide it in the attic or somewhere which is not easily accessible to you. You can also try to give it away as presents to your friends or family members, like your nieces and nephews. If you are giving it away, try to give it to someone who is far from you.

Dispose only game machines that you own. Ask or explain to your parents and friends that you are disposing your game machines and started to turn a new leaf.

Try other activities.

Whether you try the first or second suggestion, you will observe that you will now have an activity vacuum with the result of limiting you gaming time or disposing your gaming consoles. Lots of spare times to try new activities like the ones before:

Study – Now you have enough time to catch up with your failing grades and unattended studies. You can start reviewing over your notes or prepare for your big quizzes and tests. Start opening those school books and don’t let the bookworms get the most out of it. A good education is better than a good game.

Read – As long as it is not an FAQ or strategy guide to your favorite game, then reading could be another great and fun way to pursue. Try reading the latest news on the newspaper; you will be shock at how much happenings you have missed. You can also try reading books in the library, you might know more about the Greek Gods than the game narrator in your game console.

Hang-out – Hang-out with your friends and family members. I guess it’s about time you patched up with them after a long time of isolating yourself with your game console. Engage and chat with them, ask them how they have been and what they are up to now. Finally, be humble enough to ask forgiveness for taking them for granted.

No matter what the suggestions or methods are of riding or curing video gaming addiction, it will never work unless the person is dedicated to change himself/herself. DEDICATION and MOTIVATION are the key for these suggestions to be successful.

As one saying goes, “The power to overcome addiction lies in the belief that it is possible combined with a consistent strength of spirit.”

A long time gamer and writer for http://www.gamingclimax.com.

I love MMORPG’s, and everything gaming industry related.

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The Addiction To Free Arcade Games

It’s way past midnight and you are glued to the computer screen… eyes blaring red, blood pumping hard, veins jumping around, fingers frantically pushing at keys, headphones playing out an assortment of techno sounds interspersed with several intermittent blasts and jingles and cracklings… Sound familiar? Well, if that describes you, chances are you might be suffering from computer video game addiction. An increasing number of parents are reaching out to seek advice from professional consultations concerned about a child who doesn’t like making friends, or spending time with the parents- the only pastime being computer games. This trend, however, isn’t limited to just children alone. A lot of adults these days are getting hooked on to free online games as well and an increasing number of them end up being hooked on to them to the point of being addicted.

Even though addiction to computer video games does not (yet) qualifies into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), excessive gaming is something that is something that has begun to receive widespread attention and there is a raging debate on its harmful side effects. Efforts are underway to have computer games addiction incorporated in the future editions of the DSM. In any case, the fact remains that people (young boys and girls, teens, adults) are now increasingly spending more and more time in front of their computer/TV monitors playing play video games. The amount of time spent is far too much, enough to start debating the unhealthy and negative impact of this addiction and whether it affects the function of an individual in any unprecedented manner.

Let’s take a step back and think about why people find these games so appealing in the first place. First off, if you want to play online games, it is extremely easy. Whichever kind or style of arcade game you happen to be a fan of, one is right there in front of you, available at the click of a button! Dressing up and driving down to the nearest arcade game house to play your favorite and the best arcade games is now a thing of the past. Technology has since improved by leaps and bounds and all your favorite games have now been ported over to the personal computer right in the comforts of your home. Mario, Donkey Kong and such have a new address now: your computer study room! Apart from the portability, the games themselves have improved tremendously over time and are attracting more and more people. Games aren’t confined to simple levels with even simpler controls any more.

Another reason these games are becoming such a rage is their availability. With the widespread use of Internet enabled computers and the availability of mobile internet, the games are always there at your fingertips. In world that continues to move at a frantic pace and where people have a lot less time to socialize, a computer game is always there for you to help you bide time. You get bored at work- log on to your favorite arcade games site and play away. Get back home from work and find yourself alone- Mario and team are around to give you company.

Another reason people like these games so much is the fact that they don’t cost you a dime. The web is full of quality sites that offer you thousands of free games to download and/or play online. There is a mind blowing collection of games ranging from all genres- action, arcade, shooting, driving, racing, adventure, board games, casino games, dress up, you name it. So you always end up being spoilt for choices when it comes to picking up a game you like. Besides, you also get to choose whether you want to play a game against the computer or against online opponents who you can invite to play against. There are also some multiplayer games available where you can invite your buddies to go head to head, in an all-out declaration of virtual war. Whichever way you choose to play, you can rest assured of innumerable hours of heart pumping, vein popping.

Now, there is another side to this coin as well. Not everyone who likes to play these free arcade games ends up being an addict. There are millions of people around the world, young and old, who enjoy these games and use it as a means to relax, purely as a form of entertainment. At the end of the day, it’s all about exercising control on your gaming habits. It’s about not allowing these games to take up the center stage in their lives. When played as they are meant to be, games can no doubt provide a lot of entertainment.

Hi, this is Lida Fingir, a college grad and an avid gamer. I hope to create a space with lots of info on the world of computer arcade games. I love to play arcade video games and hope to share them with you.

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Shaiya Game Review

Shaiya is a free-to-play MMORPG game set in a mythical world full of humans, elves and other unworldly creatures. It’s a classic story between the forces of Good vs. Evil and you have the choice at the beginning of the game to play as either side.

Much like most other games from its genre, before you venture off on your epic quest, you’re required to create the look of your main character. You have the choice to create either a human or elf main character. The create options are pretty limited but at least you’re able to change the hair style, skin tone and gender for your chosen main character.

As with most other RPG games, there are different classes to choose from that specialize in specific areas of combat. You have the option to choose classes that are experts in magic, archery and swords just to name a few. Once you’ve done all that, you are now ready to enter the world of Shaiya.

Despite the game world being rendered in full 3D, I was surprised (and delighted) to know that the loading times weren’t that long. The last time I played a game like this on my PC was called Combat Arms. That game took several minutes just to load one map.

Once the game loads, you’re immediately thrust into this fantasy world. The tutorial is pretty simple to get through as the controls are easy to master. I love the way you can control the camera using the mouse and then using your keyboard to navigate your character. Other PC games I’ve played had all the controls mapped on the keyboard which made it hard on my fingers.

It’s great to know that you are in complete control with your character at all times in Shaiya. The game plays similarly to other RPG games like Final Fantasy XII and even the mighty World of Warcraft. This is because all the enemies are loaded onto the game map itself and you can choose whether or not to confront them. All you have to do is highlight the chosen enemy, click on the right mouse button and your character will immediately start fighting them. It’s always nice to see the game actually animate combat – I’ve played too many games recently where the combat is simulated and all you see is a boring stats screen…

Not only is combat simplistic, but you can evade attacks by jumping or walking to the side. I prefer this style of fighting unlike in turn-based systems where you’re forced to get hit all the time. The other helpful thing in this game, is that your health bar automatically recovers after each battle. This makes the game a lot less frustrating to play and you’re not forced to use your hard-earned money purchasing health potions all the time.

The game world is animated beautifully for a free-to-play title. It’s fairly large and players will be sure to get a little overwhelmed by its share size. Thankfully, there’s a map you can always refer back to and a very helpful chat system on the bottom left of your screen to ask for any help if you ever get stuck. There’s even a weather system in this title. One time you might be seeing the lovely sun while other times it could be pouring with rain.

Accepting quests is the main bulk of the gameplay in Shaiya. Most of the tasks require you to defeat certain monsters. You can opt to do this all by yourself or you can meet other players and do quests as a party. It’s pretty cool how you can see other players walking around the game world as you play and you can choose to trade equipment with them too. You can even challenge other players in a duel – if you’re feeling up to it. It’s advisable to do this to prepare yourself with the many hard tasks that will await you in Shaiya.

The other great thing about Shaiya is that you can set the difficulty the game. If you’ve never played a MMORPG game before, you can play the game with relative ease at your own pace on the Easy mode. However if you’re a veteran player, there’s the Ultimate mode which allows you access to all the skills and items in the entire game. You’re only able to play this mode if you’re at a very high level in the game!

Characters progression and leveling-up is the keys to success in Shaiya. If you want to get hours of enjoyable gameplay, it’s best if you accept and complete as many quests as possible, and buy all the latest weapons, skills and equipment. Failure to do so will make your character very weak and insignificant.

Shaiya is an amazing free-to-play MMO RPG game. The graphics are great and the gameplay was easy enough to learn. Shaiya is even better than games you will have to pay full price for. If you’re a fan of games like Final Fantasy XII or World of Warcraft, then Shaiya is definitely a game you should check out.

If you’re want to play browser based mmorpg games and online MMORPG games, go through the large list of free to play MMORPG games and top rated massive multiplayer roleplaying games.

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Four Advantages Why You Should Download Mario Games

Mario, being one of the most loved characters of all times, is also the one most played. Over the internet, it could be the most downloaded too. And because of those reasons, it is now possible to play Mario games using an internet browser. This way, you get immediate access to a good game and enjoy it to your heart’s content. But there will be better advantages in store for you if you decide to download Mario games instead of playing it online.

Here are the reasons why you should think of downloading Mario games instead:

Advantage #1 – Playing in the offline mode is faster.

Once you download Mario games, you are actually making sure that you can play the game even if you are offline. That is the first advantage you get. But the better thing is, when your internet connection is gone or slow, your game won’t be affected. Because it was saved on the hard drive of your computer and not on the web servers, you can expect a faster and a smoother game play every time.

Advantage #2 – You are assured of the full version of the game.

Downloading a game also assures you that you’ll more or less end up with the full version. Most web versions, the ones played through a browser with an internet connection, are usually shortened versions and have limited features. If you download the whole of the Mario game you want, you’ll discover that completing the game is more challenging. Furthermore, you are bound to enjoy every detail, turn, and bend of the game. And playing in full screen mode for an even better gaming experience is more than possible.

Advantage #3 – You get longer to unlimited playing time.

Another advantage of downloading Mario games is the fact that you’ll have unlimited play time. Downloading the game means having the chance to play it endlessly. Your game won’t be affected by downtime, server errors, or any other similar issues. And since browsers are prone to attacks too, downloading the game frees you of that worry.

Advantage #4 – There are lower online risks.

If you download the game, your computer will be exposed to lesser risks. Playing for hours over the internet exposes your computer to Trojans and other viruses lurking around. Being online for an extended period of time makes your computer liable to threats. Download Mario games, and you will be able to play them in a safer, more hassle-free environment.

Download all the games that you want and then play with them all you want. That’s the mantra of game downloads. Mario games are guaranteed to give you hours of enjoyment and that’s the nub of it. After all these years, Mario continues to capture the interest and the hearts of the gaming public. Mario is still one of the most popular video games of all time. And as expected, it continues to evolve and keep up with the changing times.

Right now, it is possible to download Mario games online quite easily. Many popular versions are now rewritten for the web so that it can be played on a browser or be downloaded as necessary. Plug-ins and platforms are also created so that these games are made more compatible to most computers and operating systems.

Because of the internet, Mario can follow you wherever you go. You can keep it safe in your laptop or save it in your flash drive. This way, you may enjoy a good game if you’re stuck in traffic, trying to get some sleep, or while waiting for somebody in a restaurant. Mario can be your best anti-stress buddy, thanks to all the people who made these games more accessible.

Luciano Figallo – Developer, webmaster and owner of several entertainment sites including music, video and gaming.
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