Sunday, October 22, 2006

MMORPG addiction

It's early Sunday morning, the snowing has ceased and it's all quiet outside. I'm having the first cup of coffee for today while skimming through headlines of online papers. I also found this blogpost on WoW addiction, written by a (now ex) leader in one of the largest and most respected guilds in the game. His story fascinates me, and what's more, there's a massive 797 comments to it! I'll actually try to read them, partly due to personal interest and partly as I noticed a participant of the same PhD doctoral course I'm attending in Denmark in November will present a paper on WoW.


Anonymous said...

MMORPG addiction is a special case since there is no drug involved.

Users of Qi Gong in China become addicted to performing the exercise. They won't or can't stop gathering others to exercise with them.

The concentration to perform the slow motion martial arts movements supplies enough dissociation to engage a evolutionarily developed warning system, peripheral vision reflexes. To be able to concentrate each user must ignore the detected movement. That causes exposure to visual Subliminal Distraction as the brain continues to detect threat movement and will attempt to force the startle and reflex.

They are actually being addicted to the subliminal stimulation of the subconscious by Subliminal Distraction.

The phenomenon was discovered in the 1960's when it caused mental breaks for knowledge workers using the first prototypes of close-spaced office workstations. The cubicle solved that problem.

Using a computer in a location with repeating detectable movement in peripheral vision creates the "special circumstances" for exposure to SD.

Like the Qi Gong users from China MMORPG players become addicted, not to the game, but to the accidental stimulation of their subconscious.

Looking at the outcomes of Qi Gong and Kundalini Yoga, 'Opening The Third Eye,' and 'The Awakening of Kundalini,' explains other psychiatric results from game play.

L K Tucker http://VisionAndPsychosis.Net

Lily said...

Thanks for the link.
It really inspired me and to deny the fact that eventhough the mmorpg is fun, it's not worth it for me. I hope this will be my stepping stop to quit for good.