Of Interest To Everyone: Elder Scrolls, Megaserver, Windows 8, more…

Will Windows 8 mean you can’t play Guild Wars? Do the new Elder Scrolls Online videos look less awful? Is the world’s perception of MMORPG players fair?

All these questions and more are answered today…

  • Gary at FunSponge gives the recently-released videos of The Elder Scrolls Online a thorough examination“First things first, the environments look surprisingly good. Sure, a lot of it is lighting and dramatic angles, but it’s nice”
  • Deme looks at a new “Are MMOs Addictive?” survey, and answers with another question – “Shouldn’t we be looking at all the good stuff they offer too?”” being in a game does not mean you’re being anti-social. More often than not, rather than slobbing out in front of the TV, you’re interacting with people of all races, cultural backgrounds, geographical locations and interests to work on killing nasty pixels and build team relationships. “
  • MMO Juggler tested out Windows 8 with most popular MMOs and lets us know what works and what doesn’t“Other MMOs I have also run fine: Guild Wars 2, DDO, and Fallen Earth. I logged into both and played a little bit of each.”
  • And Redbeard considers the extent to which communication limits both PuG groups and some players“I can type, and type quickly. Not everybody can. I can’t type on the fly in the middle of a fight, while others can.”

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When it’s good to be “addicted”

I get sick of all the rubbish talked about video game “addiction”. Come on, people. Psychological addiction is a tricky thing to define at the best of times. We’re not talking about heroin here. It’s more complicated than that.

Syl’s got a brilliant editorial up talking about video game addiction, and playing too much. She’s talking about her brother, who flunked his degree and racked up $1000pm bills playing Ultima Online – and how, at the time, for him, that was actually a good decision:

After what was probably a good 3 years of intense Ultima Online gaming and a dark red player killer reputation to go with it, my brother had finally flunked his studies at University. Add an angry girlfriend to go with that, unhappy parents and some considerable debts for an unemployed student of his age to pay them back. And yet, to this day, my brother has the following to say about his UO days: that it was some of the best times he’s had in his life. To this day, there’s not a little regret for having played that MMO – regrets for never graduating sometime surely, but never regrets for playing the way he did.

…because these things were not directly connected.

This is a really fascinating piece and it deserves a much wider audience – indeed, I’m off to push it on Hacker News when I’m done writing this. There’s so much here – talking about breaks, pauses, and escapes. The difference between the obsession of a video game “addict” and the obsession of a filmmaker or Olympic athlete. The question of whether or not it’s actually an experience that’s adding to your life.

I know a few people who have been “addicted” to computer games and the outcomes didn’t seem to be so good. I know others who have been similarly “addicted” and have subsequently become very successful and happy as a direct result of the time they spent on something they love.

What are your thoughts on this? Is obsessive focus always bad? Is video game addiction a myth? Or is it something else?

_Quote taken directly from Syl’s post on Raging Monkeys.

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