Some times you play a game really hard and feel okay about the time you have sunk into it. Recently however I have sunk an unhealthy amount of time into Minecraft. I have been left with it dominating my thought and occasionally taking the role of the ‘miner’ in dreams. After a long stint in the game I find it hard to focus on things outside the game and end up in an almost trance like state.
This is not healthy. I made the decision only to play once or twice a week and never for more than an hour and half. This got me remembering all those games that I got hooked on when I was younger. Back then if I got game addiction I would just lock my self in a room and play until I was ‘satisfied’ (that sounds wrong, I was just playing video games I promise!) two of the games i got hooked on where ‘X-com: Enemy unknown’ (but that game had about ten titles in Europe) and ‘Police quest’ (finished it 6 times one summer)
As I have become a ‘proper’ grown up I have not been struck with a serious game junkie attack in some time and often I have thought that this is a result of being a more mature gamer but while playing Minecraft I have wondered if games can only be truly addictive if they are simple and modern games are too complicated to capture that ‘x’ factor that makes them taunt you in your dreams.
Does anyone get truly addicted to modern AAA MMO’s the way they did when they played Mario Bros 3 or mega man as a kid? Is it age that frees us from this or is it the rhythmic simplicity of the 8bit that embodies the digital crack?