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2014-01-17 01:41:59 PM  
Pavlov wishes he could research WoW gamers. I know, I was/am one.

Playing casual now, with the kids, but that siren song is loud. I make sure to set a timer for my kids and myself, and let them see that their father logs out when his time's up so I can set a good example.

Achievements, pet collection a la pokemon, ranked pvp, cutesy outfits, bright colors, cartoonish graphics... the entire thing is built to suck you in and keep you there as long as possible. Add microtransactions (which they could, right now, as they have a store built in to the game now) and thousands would starve.

Well played, Blizzard.
 
2014-01-17 01:42:51 PM  
Internet addiction is becoming a huge problem in China. As ever-larger numbers of teens and young adults spend ever more time at cyber-cafes playing games and exploring online worlds

You been here 12 days, you go, you go now.
 
2014-01-17 01:42:51 PM  
FTA:

A young man named Wu Huhu explains in the film that he once spent some 300 hours - nearly 24 hours a day for 15 days - in an marathon session playing  World of Warcraft.

Lol

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2014-01-17 01:47:22 PM  

Saiga410: Internet addiction is becoming a huge problem in China. As ever-larger numbers of teens and young adults spend ever more time at cyber-cafes playing games and exploring online worlds


What do you expect, when the air gets so bad it's not safe to be outside.
 
2014-01-17 01:49:43 PM  
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/Got nothin'
 
2014-01-17 01:49:49 PM  
I spent twice that long writing a blog post for my video game blog about how awful WoW is and how Blizzard destroyed gaming. Being an Internet video game expert demands commitment.

I spent three times that long writing unfunny posts on Fark in the Sports and Politics tabs.
 
2014-01-17 01:55:48 PM  

Nexzus: [i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]
/Got nothin'


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2014-01-17 01:58:38 PM  
During big news events, (9/11, big weather events, elections, etc.) I have often overheard co-workers talking about watching the news for whole weekends with nearly no breaks. I think at the 24 hour point of marathon doing anything, you need to invest a few extra minutes deciding if it is really worthwhile to continue spending any more time on it. It would seem to me the dwindling returns measurements would start kicking in by then.
 
kab
2014-01-17 01:59:07 PM  
There's 300 hours of worthwhile content in that game still?

/not even an MMO at this point.
 
2014-01-17 02:06:39 PM  
A bit over two months clean for me. I don't really miss it all that much.

Still, the next expansion might be interesting...
 
2014-01-17 02:07:14 PM  
Wow.  Much wasted life.  So virgin.  Many sad. wow.
 
2014-01-17 02:10:16 PM  
Amateurs.
 
2014-01-17 02:13:53 PM  
I played and sometimes played up to 8hrs or so with small breaks for bio or snacks but could never see myself pull a full on binge.

I loved playing Prot Warrior and Resto Shammy.

The game itself was a decent time waster on days off and weekends but I never felt that I needed it so badly to skip things for it. I know I am far from the only one who could say the same thing.
 
2014-01-17 02:20:09 PM  
I probably would have done 24h binges with CS or TFC when in college but it seemed whenever I played, I drank.  I would usually get angry that my k/d ratio was getting close to my bac and call it a day/night.
 
2014-01-17 02:32:17 PM  
People still play that

/never played it
 
2014-01-17 02:44:07 PM  

Mister Buttons: FTA:

A young man named Wu Huhu explains in the film that he once spent some 300 hours - nearly 24 hours a day for 15 days - in an marathon session playing  World of Warcraft.

Lol

[img.fark.net image 259x194]


Seriously, subby buried the lede on this one.
 
2014-01-17 02:47:11 PM  
The first 96 hours i got the xbox one, i played for almost 80 of them

Should i seek help?
 
2014-01-17 02:50:27 PM  
 300 hours and he's still idling in Orgrimmar waiting for his raid group to find a healer.
 
2014-01-17 02:59:59 PM  
Clean for over a year!  The game pretty much repulses me now, and it's not the content, it's just that style of game.
 
2014-01-17 03:05:49 PM  
Gaming has a stigma about it.  If someone got swept up in a book series and read them nearly 24 hours a day for 15 days, people would just say, "Man, he really likes to read."  You do the same with games, and it's an addiction.  No one has ever accused someone of being addicted to books, or even cinema.

Personally, I don't see how someone could do ANYTHING for that long straight.  Kate Upton could offer to blow me for the next 30 days straight, and at SOME point I'm going to ask her to take a break, at least long enough for me to go to lunch or something.
 
2014-01-17 03:10:37 PM  
Pah! 300 hrs is how long you had to stand around waiting for the boat in Butcherblock. Noobs!
 
2014-01-17 03:12:12 PM  
I can play CS or DOD or COD all night drinking...and can fully understand the addiction.


But I'm part of the PC Gamer Master Race.
 
2014-01-17 03:12:39 PM  
Thankfully my attention span is too short to stay hooked on those games.

Unfortunately my attention span latches on to the next shiny game to come along so it's not that different.

Though I might play 12 hours on a Saturday (if I've got nothing else to do, I don't watch tv much, so that's not exactly far fetched considering how much time most people sit in front of the tube or a book), and have been known to take a day off to play new releases, I couldn't imagine playing 300 hours in 15 days. I just can't stay interested in anything for more than 12 hours without a break.
 
2014-01-17 03:13:18 PM  
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2014-01-17 03:16:34 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: A bit over two months clean for me. I don't really miss it all that much.

Still, the next expansion might be interesting...


You know, the next expansion will have all of the orc OGs in it.  You'll also get to build your own garrison.

It will take days and days and days of play.
 
2014-01-17 03:19:45 PM  

INeedAName: Pah! 300 hrs is how long you had to stand around waiting for the boat in Butcherblock. Noobs!


it seemed that long..

rarely play it anymore. other things in life to take up time
 
2014-01-17 03:21:28 PM  
Someone on my friends list has 3,035 hours logged in TF2.  Whenever I worry about whether or not I game too much (Definitely not these days), I just think of that, and feel better.
 
2014-01-17 03:21:56 PM  

michiganteddybear: INeedAName: Pah! 300 hrs is how long you had to stand around waiting for the boat in Butcherblock. Noobs!

it seemed that long..

rarely play it anymore. other things in life to take up time


Agreed. I loved it when I was in college, but I have a wife now who likes it when I pay attention to her. We're moving soon, into a bigger place so I will have more space and time to play games, but I don't see much out there that appeals to me these days.
 
2014-01-17 03:27:53 PM  

INeedAName: Pah! 300 hrs is how long you had to stand around waiting for the boat in Butcherblock. Noobs!


Testify.
 
2014-01-17 03:40:49 PM  
I some how sense that this number is inflated and not real. After 3-4 days you start having major cognitive issues, and hallucinations.

Considering 264 hours is widely considered the 'world record' (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-long-can-humans -s tay ) and that others have tried (even broadcasting online while doing) and failed miserably with health issues....this is extremely unlikely. More Here

Even if he did manage to make it to 300 hours, he wouldn't be playing anything, more like sitting at a keyboard while drool fell out of his mouth.
 
2014-01-17 03:43:14 PM  

jfivealive: The first 96 hours i got the xbox one, i played for almost 80 of them

Should i seek help?


Depends.  What game were you playing?
 
2014-01-17 03:53:11 PM  
The last time I binged on a game was bioshock infinite. Beat the whole thing in about 2 days. It drew me in like a game hasn't done in a long, long time. Granted I was also stuck at home sick and am not really much of a tv watcher.
 
2014-01-17 04:06:27 PM  

phimuskapsi: I some how sense that this number is inflated and not real. After 3-4 days you start having major cognitive issues, and hallucinations.

Considering 264 hours is widely considered the 'world record' (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-long-can-humans -s tay ) and that others have tried (even broadcasting online while doing) and failed miserably with health issues....this is extremely unlikely. More Here

Even if he did manage to make it to 300 hours, he wouldn't be playing anything, more like sitting at a keyboard while drool fell out of his mouth.


This. Past the hundred hour mark or so, the delusions and hallucinations would make being able to play unlikely even if he tried. He might have left his account logged in, but there were at least naps during that time.
 
2014-01-17 04:17:37 PM  

phimuskapsi: I some how sense that this number is inflated and not real. After 3-4 days you start having major cognitive issues, and hallucinations.

Considering 264 hours is widely considered the 'world record' (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-long-can-humans -s tay ) and that others have tried (even broadcasting online while doing) and failed miserably with health issues....this is extremely unlikely. More Here

Even if he did manage to make it to 300 hours, he wouldn't be playing anything, more like sitting at a keyboard while drool fell out of his mouth.


It was described as 300 over 15 days, so 20 on and then 4 hours of probably sleep.  Probably enough to stave off the worst of sleep depravation symptoms.... still aint healthy.
 
2014-01-17 04:23:59 PM  
>virtual world was more engaging and more real than the real world

Except it is.  Most video games, even MMO's make you a hero and goes to great lengths to reinforce that idea.  You've slain massive monsters, your as powerful as gods... even EVE Online has it to a degree as a good player who's been around for a while starts to get noticed or singled out... which considering EVE is somewhere between a circlejerk and clusterfark of hate and the people who play it are psychotic just makes them grin more.   If you're at a loose end there is always some activity you can do, no matter how minor, for which you will receive some 'praise'.

And if you're in them for quite a while you will end up with a circle of friends who only know you as your characters name; more people know me as Vaneshi than they do my real name.

Compare that with real life, where you're small and powerless often at a loose end with nothing really to do and largely unknown it's quite easy to see that virtual worlds are more engaging and can be more real than the actual real world.
 
2014-01-17 04:25:46 PM  

Mister Buttons: FTA:

A young man named Wu Huhu explains in the film that he once spent some 300 hours - nearly 24 hours a day for 15 days - in an marathon session playing  World of Warcraft.

Lol


I'm honestly surprised he didn't say he'd played for over 9000 hours straight.
 
2014-01-17 04:41:50 PM  

jfivealive: The first 96 hours i got the xbox one, i played for almost 80 of them

Should i seek help?


Are your eyeballs bleeding? No. You are good.
 
2014-01-17 04:54:42 PM  

Penoatle: I played and sometimes played up to 8hrs or so with small breaks for bio or snacks but could never see myself pull a full on binge.


I got bad news for you dude.
 
2014-01-17 05:01:45 PM  
I played a lot of EQ until ~2002, then sold my account (haha!).  Played WoW off and on since then..  Every couple years I get into a groove and play an MMO a lot for a couple months, then it gets boring.  The cycle repeats.
 
2014-01-17 05:25:31 PM  

Shrugging Atlas: INeedAName: Pah! 300 hrs is how long you had to stand around waiting for the boat in Butcherblock. Noobs!

Testify.


You are both wrong. Started EQ back up about a year ago, they now have guys that will teleport you as well as the boats if you still want to use them.

/Game is insanely different from what I remembered.
//I'd say the average age is 30+ at this point, and people are *gasp* actually helpful to each other.
///And rangers and shadowknights rock now.
 
2014-01-17 05:27:45 PM  
Never really got into WoW. But I did play EVE for a long time. Stopped playing when the devs consistently decided that in a game that was supposed to only be limited by imagination, they didn't like how I was making isk. The haulage nerf for carriers really put a crimp on making money.

Mostly been playing Planetside 2 recently. Wife and kids love it. They've dubbed my Lightning/Skyguard tank "Friend Tank". Friend Tank is a Viking and sometimes has to go to Valhalla, IE when I decide that it is time to ramp the thing off a hill and powerslide through an enemy infantry formation.
 
2014-01-17 05:40:26 PM  

Vaneshi: >virtual world was more engaging and more real than the real world

Except it is.  Most video games, even MMO's make you a hero and goes to great lengths to reinforce that idea.  You've slain massive monsters, your as powerful as gods... even EVE Online has it to a degree as a good player who's been around for a while starts to get noticed or singled out... which considering EVE is somewhere between a circlejerk and clusterfark of hate and the people who play it are psychotic just makes them grin more.   If you're at a loose end there is always some activity you can do, no matter how minor, for which you will receive some 'praise'.

And if you're in them for quite a while you will end up with a circle of friends who only know you as your characters name; more people know me as Vaneshi than they do my real name.

Compare that with real life, where you're small and powerless often at a loose end with nothing really to do and largely unknown it's quite easy to see that virtual worlds are more engaging and can be more real than the actual real world.


Nothing in life feels as satisfying as that mouse click when you finally slay the epic dragon,you watch as your character sparkles and feels the energy rush through him, gaining power that turns him into an all knowing all sensing being. As you shrug off the pain in your abdominal area from eating too many cheetos, and rub bengay into your mouse wrist you contemplate your next move. Shut the window blind to remove that annoying glare  or turn the computer screen. Your fingers make the deft series of movements required to have your character parkour up the side of an Aztec temple so realistic it could almost be based on some sort of real life structure,and you realize the best course of action is to turn your computer monitor, because it's hard to get up from you chair these days due to the weight you've put on.  Nothing like it.
 
2014-01-17 05:45:06 PM  
It's China, so it's not like they can all go outside and play...

It can be easy to get sucked in to games. "Just one more quest" you tell yourself. The thing is, how much of those hours are spent not playing but traveling? WoW is a huge setting, and there's a quest that takes you on the other side of the world. Even taking flight paths, you have to sit and wait as you travel from one location to another, where you wait for a boat, then finally for the boat to take you to another server, another long flight, then you have to walk (or ride if you have your own mount) to the quest location. Then you have the return flight to turn the quest in.

I love exploring these worlds, and I don't mind traveling from one place to another. Skyrim is still very fun, as there's always something "right over there." I could be on my way to one specific place, and encounter a number of caves, camps and even cities as I go. There's always something new to see, and I loved ever minute of the travel. When I got to the point of fast travel, though, I found the game started to let go of my interest. I couldn't put my finger on it until I realized I missed the exploration. Sure, I can instantly appear in town, and to be honest I had little choice as I was carrying too much gear that I had to sell, but I was missing just seeing what was over that next hill.
 
2014-01-17 06:04:13 PM  

jfivealive: The first 96 hours i got the xbox one, i played for almost 80 of them

Should i seek help?


The first Xbox or Xbone?

I could understand the first since at the time Halo and Project Gotham Racing were brilliant fun, but if it's the latter..... with the starting line-up I can't see more than 'meh'.
 
2014-01-17 06:08:24 PM  

SquiggsIN: Saiga410: I probably would have done 24h binges with CS or TFC when in college but it seemed whenever I played, I drank.  I would usually get angry that my k/d ratio was getting close to my bac and call it a day/night.

Ah counterstrike.. my first love.  There were plenty of weekends where my roommates and I pretty much played straight thru only stopping to eat/sleep/bio.  (I ran a server out of my first apartment when i was 19)


I used to really be into hl2dm, to the point that I got more into writing cool features for my server and designing custom maps.  I couldn't exactly marathon play the game itself, but I could lose myself inside of SDK and Hammer for a couple months straight easily.

But that was years ago when HL2 was still an exciting new thing.  If I can get in a couple hours a -week- trying to finish out Dead Island Riptide I'm happy.

Amusing side effect is that the girlfriend and I moved into our new house recently, and she had about a dozen different bits of art and frames she wanted hung on the walls.  And rather than grab a pencil and do math I blew the dust off of Hammer, grabbed a tape measure, modeled the entire interior of the house in inch-perfect detail along with the frames so I could determine with utmost precision the exact placement of the frame hangers.

She was impressed everything looked so nice when I was finished, not so happy that it took six hours of sitting in front of my workstation to hang some art on the walls.
 
2014-01-17 06:17:31 PM  
man i can barely play games for 2 hours before feeling like i could be something more productive with my time

i remember when i was 15 i could spend weeks playing games...
 
2014-01-17 06:48:14 PM  
I was once off work with a badly broken leg for 12 weeks, full pay. Played WoW pretty much for the entire period.

Ended up quitting WoW when it basically started feeling like another job. Would come home from work, log on, farm materials for pots, go raiding for a couple of hours, then play a couple of hours of PvP. It was basically an evening part time job.

Became too much serious business.

/feral tanking druid
//from vanilla
///tanking superstar
 
2014-01-17 07:10:43 PM  
amateur
 
2014-01-17 07:11:06 PM  
My brother plays WoW.  I often joke with him about how I find it amazing he has the time to hold down 2 full time jobs.
 
2014-01-17 08:06:54 PM  

Mercutio74: My brother plays WoW.  I often joke with him about how I find it amazing he has the time to hold down 2 full time jobs.


I had this argument with well meaning family member. The thought of someone playing online with friends tends to confuse some folks, and personally $15 a month is damn cheap for entertainment costs (along with $8 for Netflix)

If someone is working full time, paying their way, and being a productive member of society, STFU and mind your damn business.
 
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