According to a state of the industry report by Spil Games, more than 1.2 billion people are playing games worldwide and about 700 million of those play online games. When looking into the effects of video games, it’s safe to say that they can be extremely addictive for some people; especially the new, modern games. Symptoms of video game addiction may include compulsive gaming, mood swings, social isolation, diminished imagination and even exclusion of other events in life, which are all of course the negative effects. The idea of escaping the real world and being transported into a whole other imaginary world just by using an electronic devise is something that appeals to a huge majority of people. However, not everyone who enjoys playing video games becomes addicted to them; it can be more of a hobby or something people enjoy doing in their free time.
Before the development of technology, people either had to meet up with friends in order to play the same game together or go to social events where they would all play the game as a group. For example, the only way of playing the classic game, Bingo, would be by going to halls where the game would be held and run by a caller who would call the numbers out to everyone. As people actually had to leave their house in order to enjoy a game of bingo, it’s unlikely that it’s something that they did every day. However, If you compare this to modern video games such as Call of Duty, it’s clear to see that there are massive differences. Firstly, mostly all new games are available to play on devices now meaning that you can sit and play them from the comfort of your own home without having to move anywhere. Added onto that, modern video games have incredible graphics and effects which make them much more interesting and appealing to play.
Although people still do go out and meet up with other people to play bingo, chess, or take part in fun quizzes, due to the development of websites and apps, we can now play our favorite classic games wherever we are. By being able to play these games on our phones and other devices, it’s easy to become obsessed and addicted to them which makes is very hard to answer the question as to whether they’re more addictive than modern video games.
If you look at the bigger picture, any type of game that is easy accessible and quick to load can become addictive. Whether it be old classic games that have been remade and updated with the help of technology, or the latest modern game that has just been released, anyone can become addicted to a game if they’re interested in it enough. I guess the obvious answer to the questions is that new, modern video games are the most addictive due to the quality of technology and being easily accessible, but it’s important not to rule out the concept of classic games being re-made and updated in order to be available to play on devices.