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Game Addiction: Is it Really So Bad?

American-style gridImage via WikipediaRecently I have been playing a game called Bejeweled 2 and I think that I am addicted to it.  I don't usually become addicted to games.  I mean I like to play games, especially computer games.  In fact I am quite fond of Civilization IV and one of it's expansions, Warlords.  I'm also partial to the Age of Empires series, and have spent many hours playing it and wasting away because of it

I do also have an addiction (I think) to crossword puzzles.  I've collected a number of crossword puzzle magazine like the Dell Pocket Crossword Puzzle series.  But I also like the only crosswords, too.

My all time favorite game, which I consider to be the most addictive is Blizzard's Diablo series.  Blizzard is finally making a third edition, Diablo III,  and from the looks of it I think it will be their best work yet.  I know I will buy the thing no matter how much it costs.  What sucks about this, however, is the it will be out on the PC first (at least this is what I imagine), and I own a MacBook Pro.  Games for the Mac usually take a while before their released, and so all the PC people get to have it first.  Of course, if it is as amazing as it sounds, I might just go out and buy a souped up PC to play it on.  It certainly would be the first time I've done something like that. 

One day, on a whim, I was walking a Mall near where I live and as I walked by the apple store I thought how cool would it be to buy my first mac.  Now I knew that one day I would by a Mac, but just like that, and much to my wife's disappointment, I bought the most expensive MacBook Pro that they had.  Yes.  When I do it, I do it big.

So anyway...the point of this blog.  Is game addiction really so bad?  For an addict who doesn't know he's an addict, probably has little problem with continuing his baviour (denial).  But for me who realizes that he's addicted, ought he to do something about it?  Hell no.  I can think of far worse things to be addicted to than computer games, and believe me, I've been there and have no desire to return to that kind of life.

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