Video Game Addiction

This writing is about video game addiction as you can see in the title. Video games have changed the lives of many people including people who make games and game addicts. In 2007, Harris Interactive’s online poll gathered details on youth opinions about video game play:

  • Sample of 1,187 US youths aged 8-18
  • 81% played at least once a month
  • Average for teen girls: 8 hours a week
  • Average for teen boys: 14 hours
  • 8-12 year old girls: 10 hours
  • 8-12 year old boys: 13 hours
  • 8.5% can be classified as pathological or clinically addicted
  • Players of MMORPGs are most likely to be addicted and spend the most amount of time

Tech Dirt has an interesting article about video games.  Tech Dirt in this article is unbiased and very neutral unlike many other sources. You can tell it is neutral because it actually said how studies can be biased and the conclusion says how video games can be good and bad in different ways. Tech Dirt also summarises psychological studies about how games can help gamers feel a sense of achievement.

I think playing video games is good and bad. I think playing video games is good because they can teach you things and encourage you to do new things. For example, Little Big Planet can make people want to be architects, designers or builders. Playing video games can be bad as well because shooting games might make people become murderers.

My dad made a graph of his game playing throughout the years so I made one too. Here they are:

Average hours of video game playing per week over the years for Dad

Average hours of video game playing per week over the years for Dad

Average hours of video game playing per week over the years for me

Average hours of video game playing per week over the years for me

As you can see neither my Dad nor me could be considered as video game addicts at any time (despite what my sister always says – her average is only about an hour or two a week).  My Dad has played many different computers and consoles and at the peak he averaged 14 hours a week, for me this total is 10 hours.  Currently I play a lot of PES 2012 on the PS3 (I will review some more games in the near future).

References:

Williams, D., Yee, N., Capian, S. E. (2008) “Who Plays, how much, and why? Debunking the stereotypical gamer profile” http://129.105.161.80/drupal/sites/default/files/Whoplaysfinal.pdf

Wikipedia (sourced on 2nd June, 2012) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_game_addiction

Masnick, M (22nd Jan, 2007) “Another Study Suggests Video Games Are A Healthy Activity” http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20070121/204559.shtml

Moshi Monsters (and helpful cheats)

On Moshi Monsters I am a member and I have 9 Moshlings, they are: Professor Perplex, Snookums, Doris, Pooky, Lady Googoo, Big Bad Bill, Ecto, Kissy and Squidge! I am a Super Moshi as well because I am a Member and that is how I got Lady Googoo. I’m called 31415927 (I am named after pi).

Here are some cheats that are very helpful:

Moshlings:


Prof. Purplex (owl) >> Red/Blue Dragon

Big Bad Bill (VooDoo guy) >> Yellow Love + Black Star + Blue Star.

Ecto (ghost) >> Red Love + Black Love + Any Pepper.

Pooky (Dinosaur) >> Red moon + Purple Magic + Red magic.

Doris (Rhinosaurus) >> 3 Moons but one has to be black.

Kissy (baby ghost) >> Purple Star + Yellow Star + Black Magic.

Chop Chop (monkey) >> 3 Dragons.

Gingersnap (beat up cat) >> Magic + Love + Pepper.

Squidge (a fluffy flying thing) >> Star + Pepper + Dragon.

Snookums (Dinosaur) >> 3 Star.

Dj Quack (duck) >> Dragon + Moon + Star.

Stanley (seahorse) >> 2 Love Berries + 1 Dragon Fruit.

Purdy (pink fluffy cat) >> Dragon + Moon + Dragon.

Humphrey (hippo) >> Daisy + Magic + Pepper

Angel (unicorn/pegasus) >> Magic + Pepper + Pepper

Codes:

The Flaming Sword Of Awesomeness 9mt4gmc4nm4y
The Haunted Diamond Tiara 33r3hdhd8t6y
The Purple Goblet Of Goosebump Gulch r7ckafnjdpgu
The Black Pearl Of Potion Jkydpd7xctdr
The Lost Marbles Of Eggleton 6gw7areyh49u
18 Carat Shiny Parrot n89d6679t7cy
The Sneezy Flute Of Pepperbomb Geyser 9g4k3p9mhfp
The Shimmering Snaggletooth Sapphire x4d8u834e3xf

I have tested all of these cheats so you don’t have to. 😎 🙂

Club Penguin

I am a big fan of Club Penguin. I own 3 Puffles in real life but right now only have 1 virtual one as the others ran away because I forgot to login and feed them. Lots of my friends also play on Club Penguin as well.

You can buy lots of clothes but you have to be a member. To be a member you have to pay £3.95 per month. you also get an igloo.

If you are a member and you want to buy something you have to earn coins first. To earn coins you must play mini games.

I have created this poll for you to vote for your favourite puffle (you can vote up to 3 puffles):