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no but i play my gamesi n cycles usually especilaly when working . sometimes i have gone days  even weeks without firing up one of my consoles or playing a PC game but then i get the itch and I almost Binge....its pretty interesting . in college it was even more erratic but now it kind of ebbs and flows. i won't play then  play here and there, then play obsessively , before my behavior curves back towards not playing again. as i said it's funny and i have no idea why i do it.

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As a child, I played 6-8 hours a day when I could.

Now I play when I have free time. The last 3 or 4 days, I've played Borderlands 2 with my brother for 4 hours or more a sitting. Sometimes I go 2 weeks without playing.

However, music is something I'm pretty much addicted to. There hasn't been a day in the past 3 weeks (other than New Years when I was away from my instruments) that I haven't practiced for 2 and a half or more hours. Maybe it'll slow down soon but I doubt it. I have the talkbass.com app on my phone and I'm either listening to music, playing music, browsing instruments on Craigslist, or reading about music, theory, players, bands, and many more on the talkbass forums on my phone.

It's what allowed me to become good at it and made me want to pursue going further

 
Don't call practicing addiction. 2,5 hours is not that much. Many say one should practice at lest 3 hours a day on an instrument. Some say 8. If I had this addiction, I could be anywhere now in drumming, because I was very talented. But I didn't practice, because I only liked doing it in the band.
 



When you feel a compulsion to do it and feel guilt and anxiety when you can't, I would call it an obsession of some sort. Most conservatories and such recommend no more than 4 or 5 hours a day because of the risk of damage to your hands. This time is only time spent with an instrument in hand, not searching for new music, reading up on it, contacting bands, and preparing lesson plans for my students.

It's not a life stopping addiction, but enough to keep me coming back.

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And I suppose, it really does depend on your definition of addiction. Compared to many stories, I don't compare. But I believe a certain number of successful people are probably addicted or obsessed to some degree.

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Video game addiction? No but some people do suffer from obsessive compulsive disorders or impulse addiction like gamblers, plenty of online gambling addicts and they are a form of video games? Personally don't know of any.. 

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I started with just making maps, and when I later ended up playing my own maps with 30 other people it was extremely motivational. If you have ever had that happen you know how it feels. Compare that to doing English homework. I am sorry but there is an obvious difference not only in motivation but in developmental growth. My capacity for English did not need further development back then.
I guess I'll have to disagree here, as I'd never consider that making maps for a shooter, as creative as it can be, is more beneficial than studying literature and generally having an all-around solid education.

Your story was interesting, and I'm glad it worked out for you. I just don't think focusing almost entirely on game developing and ditching proper education is a good idea for anyone. Then again, I haven't actually managed to work on the game industry, but I don't think making games is THAT special that justifies rejecting school.

Just my 2 cents :) Edited by mikeman

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