Posted 15 October 2012 - 09:28 AM
I hardly ever play any console games anymore, but I can relate to the frustration of glitchy/poor AI design in some games...
I play an online game pretty regularly... just started back, in fact, after a long hiatus...
I could sit there and do it for hours on end, completely losing myself in it.
This is not an addiction, though. It is a hobby/something to do to relax.
The only time it has ever been an issue is when my wife feels like I'm not spending enough time with her, and then I'll either shut it down, or tell her to get the hell over it because we aren't doing anything besides sitting around anyways.
If you've got a problem with how someone is spending their time ultimately because it takes attention away from you, then I think the problem is your own to cope with. I'm not projecting that on you at all, or trying to sound harsh, but that is just the way I feel a lot of these things boil down to. It is ultimately about controlling what someone does with their own time, especially when there isn't anything else going on that interests the person that is playing a game.
If this is your husband or w/e, I say talk about it with him. Decide if there are things he should be doing other than spending his time how he wants to.
If this is your kid or someone else's kid, as long as they are handling their business otherwise, who cares?
Yes, video games can be addicting and too immersive. But that is a personality trait that will exhibit itself in other areas too... not just games...
These days, games have huge open worlds that can take time to explore. It is nothing to kill a couple hours and not realize it.