Massive multi-online role-playing games (or MMORPGs) that are predominant in the market with on-line capability as well as portability are causes of addiction.
Symptoms of addiction
· Mental or behavioral or medical
· Endless hours are spent on the computer or playing video games
· Not submitting homework on-time
· Sudden drop in grades
· Lying about computer or video game use
· Always seem irritated
· Not interested in parties or functions
· Headaches or migraines
· Dry eyes or red eyes
· Irregular eating habits
What makes the games addictive?
· The High Score: This hypothetical high score makes the game playing kids go for an unknown chase that leads to hours of time spent.
· Levels: Game levels make you to go crazy about winning and in a nutshell sticking to your chair for hours
· Role-Playing: The roles that can be invariably changed based on high scores and levels make the game more interesting, complex and time consuming leading to addiction
· Discovery: As soon as the game starts, in some games you will be continuously discovering mode so it really takes too much time for exploring and hence the addiction.
· Relationships: building community of players with relationships makes it a hang-out place for hours.
Ratings: - Please pay special attention for these ratings.
· EC (Early Childhood): Ages 3 +
· E (Everyone): Ages 6 +
· EVERYONE 10+: Ages 10 + with mild language
· T (Teen): Ages 13 + Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.
· M (Mature) and AO (Adults Only): Ages 18+
Games to Avoid (all rated M)
· Assassin's Creed
· Call of Duty 4
· Manhunt 2
· Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles
Action Plan to control and avoid addiction
Sign-up your children for interactive sports or robotics or activities where they physically get involved.
Engage in family activities: Instead of a weekend party, as a family, go for a ball game where children get goodies as treats and enjoy the games.
Sign-up for summer programs or winter programs - make sure you sign-up for the programs where they interact with other kids.
Finally, change parents’ own behavior of addiction to cell phones, internet, WhatsApp and be a role model.