I don't have an addictive personality and although I'm a risk-taker and will try anything that catches my fancy (Jump of the cliff? Sure! Inject that unknown substance? Oh, OK!) and although I feel like I have fewer than the optimum number of bad habits, nothing gets its hooks into me. The most addictive thing I ever done (much moreso than heroin - hey, it was 1972, OK?) is cigarette smoking, which I did for a few years then stopped cold one day, then took up ten or fifteen years later when two friends wanted me to smoke but stopped doing again as it was obvious what it was (i.e. an activity chemically engineered to create a strong desire that it never in fact satisfied - and where's the upside in that?). Smoking is thoroughly stupid, however it's got something in it that helps mentally ill people, so I suppose it will linger.
Many games are exactly like that now - the addictee trades hours of his/her life in exchange for... well, nothing. Like smoking games create a strong desire that's never satisfied (there's always another level, another game). I hear the Sims on FB is horribly addictive; have a nice time playing, everyone. Sounds like purgatory to me.
I do play my little goofy goat knee cap game, but it doesn't even create any desire to play it. It's more like feeding your friend's cat while he's out of town. For me 99% of the fun is that Enjah is there too. However, I'd forget about it completely if I stopped for a day; it keeps me occupied so heigh ho.
posted by - 9:47 PM