The word addiction is almost synonymous now with gaming. It's one of the leading arguments against video games as well. In truth, it is a valid argument because gaming can be addictive. The following is the story of my struggle with gaming addiction:
During my first week of grade 9, my brother took me to a cyber cafe to play a game he and his buddies were all playing. No, it wasn't Warcraft, it was Counter Strike. It was great, better than great, it was extraordinary. I got hooked the minute I started playing. Not because it was the best game I've played, it was because I sucked. The urge to get better and better took over. At this point, I had been spending all my money at the cyber cafe (It was called 'The Matrix'...go figure) but it wasn't that bad. I mean, as a 13-14 year old, what else could I spend my money on. Then the day came when my parents had given me money to buy clothes. $200, alone at the mall. I've always been the type to by non brand name items, so with wise purchasing I saved enough to buy my own copy of Counter Strike. That's where it all went downhill.
I was playing CS all day. Any chance I could get, there I was HS'ing noobs. During the end of the school year, I skipped 2 whole weeks of class just play Counter Strike. I forged signatures, threw my voice so I could call in as my parents making an excuse for my absence. I almost failed all my classes, just barely got by with 50s. However, this wasn't the end of it. I said to myself, "Ok, no more of this shit, you will not skip anymore and you WILL get good grades." Tenth grade comes around, I ended up skipping another 3 weeks. You're probably thinking, how could I have kept getting away with this? Well, I couldn't, of course I was eventually caught.
Now, CS bores me. I install it on my computer once a year, but I can't play it, most likely overplayed the game. I haven't played another game that has been able to put me in a hold like that. Call of Duty 4 was awfully close though. Well, that was my little story and maybe some of you can share similar experiences, hopefully not to my extent, or past.
Edit: Oh and just for the record, I'm 20 now.