ShadowKnight wrote:It is just a game tho. I know some people who take this game way too far and will go without food or sleep for extended hours and up to days. Ive seen plenty of people who DO need to be told its just a game. Game addiction is real and unhealthy
Psychological studies prove that what you call taking it too far is actually the lure of MMORPGs. An mmorpg is not your bubble bash game. It is a game centered around a social community with emotions and relationships. To tell a person it’s just a game is usually done within the context of a mean action toward another player or group of players.
The point of these comments to other players is usually centered around a point where they prioritize the game over real life events. At the end of the day any progress, both socially and game centered, are just code. The game acts as a medium for all of that, without it much of it falls apart instantly. Thus in retrospect of real life, ch is just a game with close to nothing that carries over past the lines of code.
At the end of the day I will only pour an amount of energy into CH that I would pour into any other game or wasteful (wasteful as in there is no real substantive gain other than pleasure and entertainment) activity.
The friendships are nice but overall the social interactions online don’t really mirror real world social interactions, as since CH is just a game, there are no real life consequences to the behavior one excercies online, letting them exist often times in a different space and personality than they would overwise exist in.
Out of the hundreds of players I have called “good friends” over the years, I have only been able to remain in touch with 2 past clans and the game itself.
At the end of the day, what starts in the game stays in the game, and individuals should only put into the game what they are 100% prepared to lose. This is the meaning behind the phrase “it’s just a game.”
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