Video Game Overload

Video Game Overload

Ever heard the term ‘he broke her heart, she broke his Xbox’? Have you ever gotten frustrated with someone (usually a guy) who spends so much time on the Xbox or Playstation? It’s great that it can be played live with friends, but it just sucks away your life. People spend hours after school and into the night playing, then complain the next day about not getting enough sleep. Go figure? It seems these are the latest trends to distracting yourself or an addiction. Mindless amount of controls, same terrains over and over, brain cells melting away. I say this is worse than watching hours of TV. Maybe then you could get a hold of your Xbox junky friend for once.

The games are the same thing over and over. It never changes. These games don’t vary much, but enough for people to become addicted. You can spend at least a good $50 for a game. Then later another game comes out that’s better and cooler and you need it! Some of my friends will show up late and give the excuse that they lost track of time playing a short game. It wasn’t that short, huh?

Notice the price for all this? Console: $300. Live: $100. Points: (usually) $20. Controller: $30. Headset: $25. Games: $50. Look I just spent $525!! Wow, I can think of a much better use for that money than giving in to those greedy corporations making a pretty penny on brainless ‘fun’.

Does it seem that these games are getting out of control?

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4,378 Responses to “Video Game Overload”

  1. dude…soooo true. i swear these gamer guys have no lives whatsoever.

  2. honestly ill admit im one of those ppl. but with playstation the network is free so that saves you some money. i wouldnt say all the games are addicting, just one in particular to me..that would be modern warfare 2. definatly best game ever..haha. but i still have a life. i just play when im at home and have nothing else to do, but they are VERYY addicting!!!

  3. way to stick it to the man

  4. This is quite sad.. But it is true for the people. For example, one of the most addicting games right now is “World of Warcraft”, basing on a population of at least.. 14 million players world wide. Now, people play the game for fun, going in maybe when they are really bored.. And those who dedicate themselves playing at almost 24/7 (literally!!!) It’s sad how almost video games, and T.V are becoming a blight almost on our society; but we gotta help each other out if we want to make it better.

  5. Sorry to rain negativity down on this article, but… it’s wrong. Nearly every single thing mentioned is wrong. Let me break prices down for you, first:

    Xbox 360: $200 (comes with controller, headset, hard drive and free month of Xbox Live)
    Xbox Live: $50 (for one year of service)
    Games: $60 (new, full retail price)

    Now consider that the average game delivers over 20 hours of entertainment. If you assume that you purchase the console, a year of Live, and a $60 game together, you’re going to pay $15/hour for your first game, and then you’ve “paid off” your investment. After that, it’s all butter on the toast. Halo 3 is readily available for $20 or less. The average Halo 3 player has spent over 50 hours with the game. Worst case scenario, that breaks down to about $0.40 cents per hour. As far as entertainment goes, that’s a bargain.

    You also go on talk about how games “are the same thing over and over. It never changes.” Now, aside from being particularly offensive, that’s – again – just plain not true. There are realistic military shooters, there are science fiction actions, there are tactical strategy games, there are in-depth role playing games, there are music-based rhythm games, there are adventure and mystery games, there are experimental games. Need I go on? New genres of gameplay are invented every year. Video games as a form of digital entertainment have evolved far more, far more quickly, than any other.

    You go on and on to make so many thoroughly offensive, generalized and inaccurate statements about gaming that I don’t even know what to point out next. So I’ll just end on this:

    You rudely say that you can think of much better ways to spend money than “giving in to those greedy corporations making a pretty penny on brainless ‘fun’.”

    First of all, you don’t get to say what’s fun and what’s not.

    Second of all, you use the words “give in” which implies that gamers are somehow brainwashed and don’t fully make our own purchasing decisions.

    Lastly, what are your ideas about giving this money away? Hmm? See, I personally gave over $200 to charity last year alone. A charity called Child’s Play, which donate games and game systems to children in hospitals. How much did you donate to charity? And now tell me — how much money do you spend on things like makeup, DVDs, and fast food? Because I believe that all of those things are just as frivolous as gaming, and if you “give in to those greedy corporations” then I suppose, by your own logic, you’re no better than I.

    You’re out of control.

    Dustin Deckard April 30, 2010 at 6:02 pm
  6. Note: I feel bad about the way I ended up sounding high-and-mighty about giving a measly $200 to Child’s Play. That’s not very much money, and I spent a lot more last year on video games for myself. After reading over my comment, I’m ashamed that I threw that in there. But that’s the only thing I regret.

    Dustin Deckard April 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm
  7. Yes that money could better spent on 19 pairs of shoes that you never wear, or purses and outfits you wear one time. We all “waste” money.

  8. I agree with everything Dustin said but have a bit more to add. Guys aren’t just gamers, so are girls. Furthermore, my boyfriend is a gamer as well. We’ve spent countless hours enjoying online games together with friends online that live across the US that we hardly get to see. Modern Warfare 2 gave us a good 3 hours a night for about 3 months. Add that up. Cheaper than going out but we also have real lives as well. We have jobs, we have kids, and we go out every Saturday night to hang with friends, watch movies or play board games. And just in case anyone decides to say the time we spend playing could be spent with our kids, our usual playtime is after the kids are in bed.

    I fully understand that video games aren’t for everyone but c’mon, don’t hate on the people who do like them. A hobbie is a hobbie. All of them cost you some money and all of them take up some time.

  9. I hope you remember this the next time your friend/girlfriend/boyfriend complains about you blogging about things too much.
    But seriously, video games are a consumerist culture. The entire industry is profit-driven. Games cost so much to make nowadays that companies have to push hard just to break even–and usually video game companies don’t even have the complete, comprehensive financial stability that most big-time movie companies and producers have, and even THEY sometimes have to merger or declare bankruptcy just to stay afloat.
    Now, admitting all of that, video games are a hobby, just like everything else. Say, for example, blogging about things that you think you know about, and about things you really think other people want to read. Video games, however, are far more successful :P

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