Addicted to Gaming – What are the signs?

Video game addiction is one of the rising addictions in America and it is a silent one that only those close to the addict know about. As a former video game addict, I know this very well. Video games are so popular now that it is hard to tell who is addicted to gaming and who is just playing a normal amount of video games.

Video Game Addiction Quiz

Let’s look at why video game addiction is overwhelming us. Video games are now the number one entertainment industry in the world, surpassing the music and movie industries combined! Those were our former addictions, but movies end. Music can be done while you’re being active in other activities. But video games are engrossing. They are movies and music combined. And there is online community there, too. Like the wardrobe in Narnia, kids disappear into worlds that can hold their attention for hours and days.

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Addicted to Gaming – Happens by design

Big budget video games, what we call AAA titles like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto, takes years to make and hundreds of people. The most successful ones can even take up to five years to make. They’re working on game design, level design, character design, story, music, and much more. They’re working on content that will give kids hundreds of hours of game play.

One example of the addiction they create in video games is Lore. Lore is the fictional history of game’s universe which creates a fake world where kids want to spend hours for escapism. The way a kid in the past might read the Narnia books, going through the wardrobe to escape the real world to, in the pages of a book, escape to a fictional world. But books end, but games don’t end. We’re now in the era of Games As A Service, which means that games are launching, but development of content continues for years.

There is one video game series called the Elder Scrolls. The fourth one, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion takes 187 hours to totally complete. Let that sink in. There’s so much content in the game that there are whole fictional books filled with lore. So much of it, that one die-hard fan took the text from each in-game book and made it into one large, REAL book. Check it out.

Addicted to Gaming – The Definition

The psychology definition of addiction: a condition in which a person engages in the use of a substance or in a behavior for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue the behavior despite detrimental consequences. To understand how to end video game addiction, we need to know that the games are designed to be addictive. As someone who used to be addicted to video games, I know from personal history that it was easier to break my addiction when I was seeing that games were creating incentives to make me keep playing. Once I realized that, I started seeing the seams in the games. Once that happened, the grip started loosening.

Addicted to Gaming – Here are the signs

Preoccupied with video games

Playing video games at every opportunity

Few or no friends outside of video games

These are just some of the signs of video game addiction. Take this quiz by clicking on the button below to see if your child is addicted to gaming.

Video Game Addiction Quiz

I created the Parental Control Academy because I was a child addicted to video games. I’m a millennial. I know the signs of video game addiction. I know how to break video game addiction. If you are parent who is wondering if your child is addicted to gaming, take the quiz below.