48 hours did a segment on the game Everquest. It was portrayed as some sort of evil empire linked to suicide and family strife. I say bull, I don't play it but my son and brother do. Even they admit the game has addictive properties but most people manage just fine. I say the small percent of people who show addictive behaviors would become addicted to something else if this game was not avaliable. As for the suicide. I bet if you did a study you would find that the suicide rate for Everquest players is lower than average. It is a community and they do support each other like a family. The young man they featured as a suicide had major pysch problems long before he picked up that game. As for Ben Stein, his young son was an addict. I say go ahead, make the game off limits to the under 18 crowd. I have no problem with that. Ben Stein say that Sony should stop making the game. That is utterly stupid. You have no right to regulate distribution of a video game to adults who want it. The supreme court would never stand for that.
Oct 19, '02
Thanks Healther, for posting that link. I find myself kind of annoyed at all these people who don't take responsibility for themselves and their children. Alway looking for someone to blame. People with mental health problems have been retreating into dream worlds since the beginning of time. The mother in this case makes a completely untrue statement. She says you have three choices when you play this game. "Either you die, go insane or quit", that is crap. What about the 99 out of a 100 people who have been playing this game for several years without any difficultly? So convienent for people to have someone to place blame upon instead of facing the fact that they may have failed to advocate for their mentally ill family member.
Last edit by oramar on Oct 19, '02