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The Addicted Gamer #2
Fri, 8 Feb 2008 05:45:00 GMT [download/play]

A Great Time for Thought!

I began the week with little play time but with a huge week at work
and a wonderful week with my family.  My TV was finally repaired and for that I was able to get the boys' Wii up and running again. All of this sparked me thinking and of course some credit has to go to
Brenden for that at Another Here.  The thought... "Why do I play so
many MMOs?"

Very Simply it is Routine vs. Organization.  I discuss this more in
depth in the podcast.

The second thought is why has the MMO gotten bad press from the VERY few that are actually addicted?  And is it the MMO that has them addicted or do they just have addictive personalities?

In the segment I discuss how when Rock and Roll came out the listeners were looked at as if they were strange, posessed and that it would be their demise.  Where is Rock and Roll now?

I move into computer gaming and how it is an accepted activity in the household now.  But MMO gaming is still looked at by many as a strange addictive activity that overweight ugly can't get a date people play...

Not us!  It is socially involved, fun and rewarding but still not our
whole life.

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Episode 2 Discussion Thread

'Great So far!' by zentr
Submitted on 2008-02-08 12:24:12 CST
I've enjoyed both episodes so sar. Good production, measured conversation, interesting content, etc. I'm right there with you. I look forward to the stories from other players (...though I did like hearing about you!).

This podcast reminds me of Ira Glass' (?) This American Life podcast/radio show. Personal stories about human experience. In this case, it may be human/avatar experiences.

Your thoughts in this episode could be used to argue against the name of this podcast. By calling the podcast "The Addicted Gamer" the non-gamer misconceptions are potentially supported. I realize though that the "The Game Enthusiast" doesn't have the same ring.

'Thank you zentr' by pitot65
Submitted on 2008-02-08 12:42:16 CST
My point of choosing The Addicted Gamer as the name was to contrast that and show that these people are really not addicted. I knew from the start that people could become misled, but I figured that the only people to actually download my Podcast or visit my site would be gamers themselves.

Now if you have a story just send me a note and set up a time to tell it.

'Accepting gaming' by Akely
Submitted on 2008-02-09 08:16:12 CST
I get a feeling that accepting gaming and gamers is more common in the US than it is here in Europe. Just a feeling, but over here it is very uncommon to neet anyone over 30 that spends time gaming. The some people gladly spend 2-3 hours a day on front of the TV. When I say the last thing I watched on TV was the Hockey World Cup (back in may 2007) they just KNOW I'm crazy.

But basically I think people just dislike/fear what is *different*.

We found a witch, may we burn her?

'Thanks Akely' by pitot65
Submitted on 2008-02-09 09:33:05 CST
The point you made is right on. Look at all the people here in the States that mark out there time for Herores, Lost, American Idle, The Biggest Looser. They fanatically talk about the shows they love. Blog about them. Totally immerse themselves in it. All of that with no interaction. What I love about the MMORPG, Which ever one we play, is that we create our own stories. And to me, that is so much more entertaining than TV.

"How do you know she's a witch?"

'Nice Listen' by Xyliana
Submitted on 2008-02-10 23:55:56 CST
Would agree with Zentr, the podcast has a good flow. Keep up the good work.