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Daedalus
 Friday, August 21 2009 @ 08:32 AM UTC (Read 1687 times)  
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Thought this might be of interest, (at least for a laugh.) as it relates to on-line RPG

The underlining is mine.

From ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission - 21 Aug 09)


Unplugged: Cyber junkies go cold turkey

The first US retreat for internet addicts has opened its doors, welcoming a teenager that was captive to the World of Warcraft online role-playing videogame. The 19-year-old boy went from pursuing quests in Azeroth to bottle-feeding baby goats and building a chicken coop as part of a reStart Internet Addiction Recovery Program at a rural five-acre spread in the state of Washington.

"We are a cold-turkey place; no technology," reStart psychotherapist Hilarie Cash said. "A gamer is not going to be allowed to game any time they are here because it is the gaming that is their drug of choice."

Ms Cash and therapist Cosette Rae opened the internet addiction retreat in July as a live-in centre for re-connecting cyber junkies with the land of the living. The retreat has beds for six patients. A 45-day stay costs $US14,500 (AUD$17,500) plus cash for daily expenses such as renting camping gear for wilderness adventures.

It also treats internet addicts as out-patients, with typical patients ranging from 18 to 28-years-old with "extensive exposure to porn, but not much to sex".

"We are not anti-technology," Ms Cash said. "It is about helping people addicted to technology get through the withdrawal and help their brains get wired back to normal and connected to the world in a positive way."

The reStart rehab program includes teaching skills such as starting conversations and reading body language.

Videogame addicts typically need to be reprogrammed to be conscientious about everyday tasks such as bathing, cooking, and household chores, according to reStart.

They also need tutoring when it comes to dating.

"The typical gamer is somebody who has fallen way behind in social skills and lacks confidence," Ms Cash said.

Videogames are designed to immerse players in fantasy worlds and hold their attention with intermittent rewards such as new powers for characters and storyline revelations.

"Games are really designed to keep people hooked," Ms Cash said. "Those that stay hooked are people really vulnerable for whom the world is painful or scary."

She says computers and the internet are also parent-sanctioned refuges for children eager to escape hard knocks that are usually part of growing up.

"Childhood can be difficult for anybody," Ms Cash said. "You have lots of kids who are shy, or have miserable home lives, or low self-esteem or are struggling in school. "These are all kids drawn to the safety of a screen."


Oh my Lord, what have I gotten into?
Eek!


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 Friday, August 21 2009 @ 02:07 PM UTC  
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Um... She seems to miss the point that people who tend towards gaming also generally start out lower on the "social skills and confidence" scale. It's not that they lost the ability but that they've never had it, generally because the people who have all the confidence tease them about the social activities they choose to participate in (granted, this is generally because they pick on the "lower echelon" people because they actually don't have any self-confidence and picking on others makes them feel better about themselves).

I think they should put the "high-confidence" people into rehab to teach them to stop being pricks.


 
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 Friday, August 21 2009 @ 03:13 PM UTC  
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What an odd assumption. I probably game more than most hardcore gamers do, and I haven't the slightest self esteem problem.

I mean, why would I? Right? Hell, I'm freakin' awesome.


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 Friday, August 21 2009 @ 04:06 PM UTC  
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Quote by: Cath


I think they should put the "high-confidence" people into rehab to teach them to stop being pricks.



Yes please!
That would be so awesome...


 
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 Friday, August 21 2009 @ 04:47 PM UTC  
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But, I am a gamer, raised by gamer brothers, and I live with my botfriend, have lots of sex, get As in school, and have plenty of friends (most of whom are also gamers) and I'm hot, and I play WoW! And our third bedroom is filled with arcade machines. I don't lack social skills, I have arcade parties >.< I don't understand what the article is talking about


 
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 Friday, August 21 2009 @ 07:40 PM UTC  


Thought in a completely different direction - first, how to get feeding baby goats and building chicken coops in the game. But realized that was at the wrong level.

So, how about an internet game addict as a monster. Could ask "where is cyber city404" or complain that Dan's quest has been in the same city 3 straight times or why one-shots have gotten expensive or where are scrapbots or where is the mutant's noodly appendage. Comes at you with endless clicks. If you win, "seems to still be clicking", or if you lose, it seems like you were just another target on the screen.

Then, there could be the reprogramming relational therapist: asks "where is the I G A, it's time to feed the baby goats "And the chickens are running all over." (Seems they did make it.) Comes at you with scholarly theses on yet another addiction. If win, "it almost seemed like you were a subject.", if lose, "Looks like we lost a future camper".

As I reread the article, it gets funnier and funnier. Thought about another monster - from the line about "extensive exposure to porn, but not much to sex' - the sex addict who was a former gamer. Could proclaim "was saved from internet gaming and converted to a better life" Comes at you (way too many ideas) with full frontal nudity (or a homemade porn library, or dominator clothing). If you win "the death throe looked strangely like an ..." If you lose, "what was that other fetish he had?"

The line - "The typical gamer is somebody who has fallen way behind in social skills and lacks confidence," - makes me think the rrp could have come at you with "inane generalities about gamers".

Of course, the "need to be reprogrammed" - rather ironic.


 
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 Friday, August 21 2009 @ 08:23 PM UTC  
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What d'you mean? Come to the GERM Clan hall. We've got chickens, and Bernard's a silly old goat most of the time...


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 Friday, August 21 2009 @ 09:36 PM UTC  
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Perhaps inspired by the article, I've done a bit of soul searching. AKA I've taken agoodlonghardlookatmyself, and thought about 'how would I know if I had a problem?'

1. Waking up at 4 hour intervals thinking something significant has happened. Check
2. The first non-Island page on my "Most Visited" list is ranked at #8. Check.
3. I've caught myself thinking about my RL actions in terms of "/me...". Check.
4. When I run out of "Stamina" I have a feeling of "what am I gonna do for 3.5 hours?" Check.
5. Despite all of the above I think I'm better off than I would be by spending over US$300 per day chasing someone else's chickens and goats around? Check.

I'm gonna be fine as long as I stay in denial. Big Grin

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 Friday, August 21 2009 @ 09:57 PM UTC  
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I'm gonna be fine as long as I stay in denial. Big Grin
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 Saturday, August 22 2009 @ 02:52 AM UTC  
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I love the way the "expert" in the article presumes these addicts are kids, that bathing and cooking are desirable things*, and that people want to date.**
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* Ever tasted what I create in the kitchen? There's a reason I eat out a lot.

** Dating leads to marriage, and nothing wrecks your life faster. Trust me on this.


 
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