After reading everyones posts and the text, it’s nice to get a general sense of everyone’s interpretation of specifically game addiction. Also it was satisfying to see video games be treated so professionals as to be researched extensively. Particularly Nardi’s theories, which really gave me an interesting look at many different aspects of our culture.
I really attract towards addiction, because my mom always told me I was addicted when I was younger. It’s cool that everyone else in class is talking about addiction as well. I think it’s a very interesting topic to have discussions about. In my own opinion there is nothing wrong with every once in a while playing a game for an extended period of time. I get it, games are fun, and even…addicting. Games are a release for many, same as one might go for a run, or smoke a cigarette. But like both of those, too much of a good thing can be harmful to you. Yes, even running too much can hurt you.
Having said that, when does excessive gaming become an addiction? When is enough enough? When should a user unplug and experience reality. But like in the book, some users create meaningful relationships over this platform. Otherwise unable to communicate with there friends unless playing the game. In that case, which is better for the gamer? A reality with no friends, or an alternate reality with tons of friends? One where you’re all magical warriors I might add.
I don’t think Video game addiction is a problem, but I do think video game addiction is an effect of an underlying problem. And when we look at games in a artistic manner, research theories like Nardi’s can really shine a new light on occurrences such as addiction our very culture.