Gaming Lifestyle: Losing It All (Digitally)

I was 15 and deep in the throes of my EverQuest addiction… I was participating in my very first raid on the Plane of Hate, a high level dungeon that was insanely hard at the time and required 30+ people. The raid went sour as they often do; poor leadership, excessive greenhorns (like myself), and… Continue reading

Mail This: Treat the Disease, Not the Symptom

Dear “Jake,” My wife gets one of those magazines with 300 Fashion Tips! and a monthly “The [insert random number] Secrets to Bedroom Fireworks!” article. I don’t make it a habit to read it because, you know, I’m a dude. Last month, though, I was cooking dinner for the two of us and she read… Continue reading

Addictive Video Games or Addicts Who Play Video Games?

Video games are more mainstream than ever, and you can’t become mainstream without making a few enemies in the process. Some of those enemies include those who seek to claim video games can induce addictive behavior. A recent international study on 154 14-15 year old gamers indicates physiological differences in the brain which may present addictive… Continue reading

Think of the Adults: Potentially Real Virtual Reality Problems

Despite E3’s less than exciting showing this past month, the one thing that struck me about the conference was the directions game were going. We’re on the brink of the next generation and the quest for immersion has taken the idea of gaming to an unprecedented level of realism. On top of that, developers have… Continue reading

Just 5 More Minutes: Counter-Strike is Still Better Than Heroin

So every gamer has a vice.  There’s that one game that you just can’t get enough of or can’t stop thinking about. It’s on of those game where you really don’t fell like you’ve been playing long and then you look at the clock and it’s 3am and you realize you forgot to eat dinner…. Continue reading

REPLY TO ALL: Grown Up Gaming Rules

Addictive games are infecting The Cursed lately, and before an intervention is staged we thought a good cure would be to take a look at the gaming rules instituted in our homes. This week we are joined by JDevL, Colefacekilla, Wizardtrain187, GiffTor, Robeque, Coopopolopolis, and EndlessBen. JDevL My rules are pretty self-imposed at this point,… Continue reading