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    "How games influence our lives?"

    Post by Alendris on Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:57 am

    Yesterday i was contacted by someone who is doing a research on that topic. He designed a survey which helps him understand how the average player thinks and lives his life. He himself is a player and has been playing MMOs for quite a while and after talking to him and participating in the test i have come to following conclusions:

    1. So far i don't think i've ordered any viagra or penis enlargement pills by taking the test (without knowing) Very Happy
    2. The survey is legit and took me 20min to complete
    3. It was actually quite interesting


    So it flatters me we were asked to participate and since it seems like a good thing to do i encourage all of you to do it too and help research "how games influence our lives".

    So here's the link:

    Survey ( Click Me! )


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    Re: "How games influence our lives?"

    Post by Alendris on Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:57 pm

    Hi there,

    at first i suspected you might just be another spammer, but you seem a bit more serious than that. I'd like to take a look at your survey to confirm it really is one and in case it is - i'd love helping.

    Please send me a link to it.

    Thank you!

    Mike wrote:Awesome! I'm glad to hear you're interested - and you didn't just blow me off as a spammer, haha.

    Anyway, here is the link:

    http://hsccm2.hsc.usf.edu/checkbox/Survey.aspx?surveyid=5427

    The forum was made using 'checkbox,' a survey program run through the University of South Florida's website.
    I hope you have an opportunity to check it out, and everything looks okay!

    Thank you,


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    Re: "How games influence our lives?"

    Post by Alendris on Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:58 pm

    However there is something i would like to clear out - neither me, nor the members of our ingame legion are addicted to games. It's a hobby and we do it because we enjoy it. Like walking in the park. We all have jobs and an active social life, which is not influenced by the fact that we enjoy playing computer games. A game is a like a good book - you sit down and enjoy it for a few hours - live your fantasy. I have not yet taken the survey, but would like to clarify if we are now considered game addicts and thus you have contacted us?

    Mike wrote:I completely understand, and I still am totally interested in receiving any help from you guys.

    I actually play Star Trek Online, myself, and played World of Warcraft for about 4-5 years before that. I know they are time consuming games, but at the same time I feel I live a perfectly fine social live, hold down a steady job, and graduated college - so it's not a question for me that people can play video games and still live productive lives. In fact, people who play video games without being 'addicted' are critically important to my research. The main goal in my mind with my research is to find out what allows some people to play video games without getting 'addicted' and experiencing negative side effects from playing too much. To find that out, I need to gather information from people from all ends of the video game spectrum. I need the people who play a healthy amount and live healthy lives to be able to compare to the relatively small number of people who do play video games too much, and their game playing does have a negative impact on their lives.

    I hope this clarifies my point a little more - and I'm always open to discussion about online video game addiction. The last thing I want when I'm looking for participants for my study is to make anyone feel like either a.) I'm assuming all people who play online video games are addicts (i play games myself, and am not an addict, so I'm sure of this one) or b.) that I inherently think playing online video games is detrimental to a person's social life (again, I play them myself, and I don't feel it effects my life).

    If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to let me know!

    Best regards,


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