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Posted on November 30, 2006 | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)


I'd be really interested in understanding more about what makes PUGs work or not work. What makes a good leader in a PUG, especially in a BG, and what do they do to encourage other players to participate in the group instead of farm HK or solo it?

Posted by: Xoh on December 21, 2006 11:00 AM

I think if you are trying to get feedback you should perhaps refrain from hard core abreviations. PUG? BG? HK?

Then again if your only looking for hard core answers I guess it works as a filter.

Personally I have always found the lexicon hi-jacking used in all these games to be both confusing and counter productive. While there is some weight in granting a practice its own 'code' I also think it works as a barrier to the very things you are trying to get insight into.


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Posted by: Paul barnett on February 3, 2007 11:16 AM

Hey, I am researching an assignment on victims of mmo addiction ( tutors choice ) I will be using this site for primary and secondary research.
It looks great and I will put a link on our corporation forum.
I play eve online 5 accounts am I addicted.

thanks jools

Posted by: Jools on February 6, 2007 11:16 AM

If your gaming has other people yelling at you while you are playing, you are too much into the game. If you can ignore those people yelling at you, then you are addicted.
On the other hand, If your playing disturbs no one, and does not prevent you from other NORMAL daily activities, then you are fine.

Posted by: Wiz on February 7, 2007 7:58 AM

I too am doing research on MMORPGs and how they negatively effects a relationship. Being a victim of this incident myself, I was wondering how people feel about the subject.

I used to love them. I was an avid fan of Final Fantasy XI as well as my wife. But in the end she became so involved in the game that she basically closed herself to the outside world.

I would catch her flirting on the screen with another player and she would tell me that it was just a game. Then several months after the divorce was final, I found out she almost immediately started seeing this other guy in real life.

Anybody else have any stories such as mine?? WOuld love to hear them.

Posted by: WMC on February 8, 2007 3:31 PM

Hello! My name is Melissa. I'm 21 years old and my "common law" husband is addicted to computer games. It started with Call of Duty. Now it is World of Warcraft. He plays the game on average 45 - 60 hours per week. This amount of time is extreme to me. I spend less time at work then he does playing games. Most of his meals are consumed while at the computer. Rarely do we eat together. He ignores his responsibilities as a parent and a husband. He doesn't work , and rarely does anything around the house. His physical appearance has gone down hill since playing these games. I love him with all my heart, but I fear our relationship is going off the deep end. Is there a fix for this. SOMEONE HELP!!!

Posted by: Melissa on February 18, 2007 3:55 PM

Hey Melissa - I wanted to make sure you had seen the following article which addresses some of the issues you raise.

Posted by: Nick Yee on February 18, 2007 4:07 PM

I had a co-worker who's husband was adddicted to MMOs. He was not working and playing all day...went to see his parents for the week-end and bought a pc for the week-end just because he could not be without playing. I guess that is just a classic addiction. Obviously affected their marriage. Other family members tried to help (they were also big on MMOs), and their solution was for the wife to also get into playing MMOs. :-( They split up.

Posted by: Fazeel Gareeboo on February 20, 2007 4:54 PM

I been looking back and forth from this site for quite a few years now, it all started after I wanted to do a project on computer gaming cultures, and I gotto say I love this site, it is excellent. I refer it to everyone. Keep up the good work guys.

I used to be addicted to gaming. All types of games, Online fps for the adreline, RPG's for the addictive level building and story development and strategy just to build things. What helped me get over these addictions is just to take a step back and look at what I am actually doing day in day out. Most games have players do the exact same thing under different pressures, and it actually was sad. Now I am hell bent on breaking into the games idustry as a games designer.

Posted by: Ashraf on March 20, 2007 2:00 PM
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