Many video games, especially online simulation (sim) or roleplaying games (RPGs) give people a feeling of godlike power and progress rapidly from a diverting hobby into a serious addiction. Addiction to a game like Minecraft can start as innocuously as downloading a free trial of the game, but addicts can see their lives spiral out of control as their gaming fix becomes the single most controlling influence in their lives.
Minecraft is a hugely successful simulation/building game which has captured the imaginations of many millions of players worldwide. Set in a large world made of Lego-like collectable blocks, it encourages creativity by allowing people to dig and build while avoiding enemies like exploding Creepers. As well as on PC, where it started, Minecraft is also available on Xbox 360 and a mobile phone “pocket edition.” Many people will sit alone in their rooms for many hours at a time, leaving rarely – if at all – to eat, drink or take care of other bodily functions. Sleep deprivation is common.
Symptoms of Minecraft Addiction
If you are concerned about the behaviour of someone you care about who may be suffering from an addiction to Minecraft?
- Do they seem happy or content while playing Minecraft but become angry or upset if they have to stop?
- Are they constantly talking about or distracted by Minecraft even during other things like work or family time?
- Do they seem to spend every free moment they have loading up and playing Minecraft?
- If you ask what they have been doing recently do they change the subject or try to “laugh off” their time spend playing Minecraft ?
- Have you ever seen them getting up or still playing Minecraft at odd hours of the day, even in the middle of the night?
Minecraft is often viewed as a creative toy rather than a video game as its simplistic graphics and innovative gameplay make it highly accessible for “non gamers” and creative people of all ages. The self-governing nature of the game (which is largely devoid of enforced goals) also makes it extremely addictive, and it is sometimes referred to as “Minecrack” because of this. While it is possible for people to enjoy Minecraft without developing an addiction there is a significant risk amongst those who spend many hours playing. Although the monthly cost of the game is low and can even be free, addiction to Minecraft can destroy a person’s work and family life by consuming enormous volumes of their time and cause them to neglect more important aspects of their everyday life, even up to such basic necessities as eating and bathing.
If you or someone you care about is having trouble breaking out of an addictive playing pattern with video games that you used to control but which now seem to control you, call our free advice line today on 08000 886 686 in complete confidence to see how we can help you get back on track.