I'm not going to be surprised or disheartened if nobody takes this seriously, I probably wouldn't have done a few years ago. You may notice my "forum access only" banner also, but that doesn't mean I'm automatically talking bullshit. I am rather sure I am addicted to computer games. There's been talk of people the addictive properties of games for sometime, but nothing ever come out of it. It's not just one particular game I'm hooked on either, it's just all games really. It might not sound serious, I know the damaging effects of drug addictions from personal experiences and witnessing others. But it is almost just as life destroying. I cannot go 1 day with out spending at least an hour playing a game. What games? Currently I am subscribed to two massively multilayer online role playing games, EVE online, and (you might have guessed it) World of Warcraft. I've been playing eve for almost 2 years now, and I'd never thought I'd see the day when I became a WoW nerd... One of the reasons I took to drink and drugs was escapism, to just ascend (or descend) from my body and take my mind away from all the stress, drama and misery real life provides me. This is why I play the games, why would I deal with the horrors of life when I can just pretend I'm an evil skeleton assassin or noble elven hunter, or a ruthless and efficient space pirate? Why would I get myself depressed when I could ruin someone else's day by seriously kicking their ass on counter-strike, battlefield 2 (PR mod ofc) or and RTS? this is why I am hooked, and I cannot stop, I cannot log off today, clean the house, tell my environmental management group that I have not monitored the average temperature of the phoenix building because the guy I was getting the equipment from is a dick and does not answer calls and I had a load of other personal shit piling up, I cannot log off and tell my best friend "no, I haven't got your soundtrack for your film ready yet because you haven't sent me enough footage and that which you did send me is only 5 minutes long and doesn't make sense and why on earth do you keep sending me soundtracks from 'wild west-esque' films for inspiration when yours is a modern day psychological thriller? No, I will stay logged on, and blame others for my misery. Games provide me a world in which I am greeted, talked to, respected, feared, hated, loved, why the fuck would anyone give that up?