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Gaming Addiction – Ep117

The Future?
The Future?

It’s the aspect of gaming that most gamers do not want to talk about. When is the line between fun and addiction crossed?

If you have some input on this, leave a comment here, via email or on our Facebook page.

Cast – Eric, Mike, Mark, Dan, Shannon, Dave, Jayson and Shawn

Intro: Jayson
Outro: Eric

Items Mentioned:
Magic the Gathering, World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Mass Effect, Star Craft, PCU, Pokemon, Castlevania, Dragon Age, Shadowrun, Everquest, Farmville, Choke, Fable, Dresden Files, Game of Thrones


  1. Brian
    Brian July 11, 2013

    I have to admit, a few things spoken hit me right in the gut. I am addicted to escapism in this form. It has been such a huge part of me for so long that I can honestly say I don’t know how long I could go without at least thinking about gaming.
    In youth, it was the only social and creative outlet I had where I could be myself easily. Now it is the place I go to avoid the mindless hours of nothing that is security work. I work stupid anti-social hours seeing the worst of people in retail, and I also suffer from MS. I’ve had to give myself something like 1,100 injections just to slow the progression of a disease in which few people even know I have let alone understand the gravity of how it affects me. It is my cave where my spirit animal can tell me to slide. Even if I forget to turn it off sometimes. It is part of me.

    If anything, this topic has reminded me that I need to unplug and ‘play myself for a while’ too. Everyone needs to experience new things, and the worlds you create can only get better with that input. Nostalgia isn’t just a single snapshot, it is an entire collection you can add to at your leisure. The game can wait.

    However the best memories I have come from the sounds of gamers talking about the subject they love. Your show sounds like my memories, exactly as honest and heartfelt as the real ones. Keep going. 🙂

    • Gamerstable
      Gamerstable July 11, 2013

      Well stated Brian.

      Our show, for the most part, is a celebration of the interests and hobbies shared with those within our sub-culture. That is why this was a hard topic for us to do. Firstly because it’s not something easily admitted to and second because we weren’t sure how the subject would be taken. Our intent was not to put anyone down or make them feel bad, but to shed some light on the dark parts of the lifestyle that many of us live.

      We joke and bag on each other (and the community) but we really do care.

      If our show helps anyone, be it entertaining them or helping them shake the yoke of game addiction, that makes this all worth while.

      As always, thanks for your comment and your support.

      • Brian
        Brian July 12, 2013

        As our characters gain XP, in an emotional way, so do we. So many of my era gamers suffered from some form of emotional isolation to which gaming was some sort of salve. I am a better person because of the experiences, simulated or otherwise, that I have gained from gaming.
        On the whole, I think it makes us all better people.

        I love you guys. Now enough of this gay shit, and pass the damn ammo!!!

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