Online Gamer: Pros and Cons
Currently, roughly 20 million players have spent 17 billion hours on Xbox Live and around 40 million users have registered for PlayStation Network accounts. Unexpectedly, the online gamer community is somewhat evenly divided between genders, at 58 percent for male players and 42 percent for female players. With this figures, it proves that online gaming has undoubtedly progressed together with the advancement in the technology and Internet. Definitely, online gaming is becoming more popular across all boards and these figures are still expected to go up through the years knowing the fact that even more online games are sure to come out in the market and the web.
What could be in an online game that makes an online gamer so hanged with it will always be a constant question in the minds of the general public. To figure this out there may be a need to take a closer look at the world of online gaming. An online game is a video game that is often played using a form of computer network such as the internet or gaming consoles such as the mind-blowing Xbox 360 or the remarkable Play Station 3. Online games actually vary from simple text based games to games incorporating complicated graphics and settings together with a virtual world populated by numerous players concurrently. Almost all types of online games have associated online gamer communities, which makes an online game become a form of social activity that goes beyond playing single player games. Due to this, various clans or guilds are organized for almost all the online games available today, particularly, those who play first-person shooters, role-playing video games, and strategy games. An online gamer can freely interact with the other members of the clan or guild brought about by the same burning interest with the online game they’re playing. A matter of fact, most of the times, these clans or guilds organize conventions and sometimes, even tournaments and other contests as a form of activity that easily pique the members interest.
On the other hand, aside from the good parts, online gaming also has another side that may be quite unlikable. An online gamer may become too fond with playing that it may then hinder his normal way of life and basic daily function. Currently, video game addiction is not yet an official diagnosis in either the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) or International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. Nevertheless, several scholars suggest that the effects or symptoms of video game overuse may be greatly associated with other known psychological addictions. Video game addiction may be likened to compulsive gambling, which is an impulse control disorder. Unfamiliar to the majority, there are several cases of death, murder and even suicide due to video game addiction.
Luckily, there is an online fellowship of people sharing their experience, strengths and hope to help each other recover and heal from the problems caused by excessive game playing. This online gamer fellowship is otherwise known as OLGA (On-Line Gamers Anonymous). They provide a resource for open discussion, support, education and referrals. Online gaming can be very fun and entertaining, but at the end of the day, playing online games should never be excessive to make sure that you are still an active member of the society.