Video game addiction has become a major concern in the early part of the 21st century. Online gamers, especially, are more often showing classic signs of addiction, in regards to online games like League of Legends, World of Warcraft, or Call of Duty. If you spend your days and nights learning the sight lines on maps and practicing head shots, you might be addicted to Call of Duty. If you are reading this article, you aren’t completely lost yet. The following are the top ten signs that you might be addicted to Call of Duty.
10. You have ever bought expensive electronics for a slight advantage in the game – A new TV or stereo system can easily cost $1000 or more. If you have ever purchased one of these to improve the audio or video quality of your game, especially if that improvement is incredibly minor, you are highly likely to have a problem with addiction.
9. You have ever fallen asleep while playing Call of Duty – Because the game is played worldwide, it is common for people to play 24 hours a day. Staying up a little bit late for fun is normal. Staying up until the point that you actually pass out during a game, especially if this is a recurring situation, is definitely an indication of a problem.
8. You stress over your kill / death ratios – Kill / death ratio is a simple way to show off your skill and almost everyone likes to brag a little. But, if you ever get to the point that keeping it high is actually causing you stress, possibly even physical distress, you should pull back and remember it is just a game.
7. You refuse to let family or friends play your account because you don’t want to hurt your ratio – It is bad enough if you have stress in your own life over a game statistic, but if you allow it to hurt your relationships with others, you definitely have a problem. In the worst case scenario you can fix whatever minor damage they do to your ratio. That is much less of a problem than the pain you can cause friends and family when you hoard your game.
6. You judge people based on the weapons they use – The reason the game has lots of different weapons is to make it interesting for more people. Obsessed players tend to reach a point where they love and hate certain weapons and actually judge others based on the weapon and tactics they used. If you have gotten to that point, you are almost certainly obsessed.
5. You have ever called someone a noob – Think back carefully. When you first started playing this game, you were not very good. Everyone needs to learn. Calling someone a noob does nothing more than drive away new players. Either that or you are intentionally insulting someone for no other reason than skill in a game. If you have reached even that minor level of toxicity, you need to think carefully about the road you are beginning down.
4. You watch online tournaments – The idea behind playing a game is that you get enjoyment out of the interactions with the game and other players. It says a lot when you take a step back and remove those interactions. Sure, watching a tournament can be a way to learn tricks from better players, but it can also suggest that you have reached a point that you only derive enjoyment from Call of Duty, whether or not you are actually playing at the time.
3. You regularly play in tournaments – Sure, it is fun to occasionally test yourself, but the simple truth is, you probably aren’t good enough to win beyond a local level. There are millions of players in the world. It is very unlikely that you are among the top 10 or even top 100 of those players. That is fine if you just want to have fun, but if you are trying to prove your worth based on your talent in a game, you have crossed the line to addiction.
2. You have ever thrown a controller in anger – Any form of competition will occasionally spark anger. But, just like in any other competitive venue, you need to control that anger. Throw a punch in hockey and your get sent to the penalty box. There is no one to punch in an online game, but throwing the controller is roughly the same. It is an indication that you have become too emotionally invested in the game, especially if you break the controller or something more expensive, like a TV.
1. You have ever broken a controller from simple wear and tear – There is no greater sign that you are playing a game too much than when the controller ceases to function properly due to overuse. This takes thousands of hours of play, so don’t take this lightly. If you lose a controller after a few years, that isn’t too bad. If your controller is breaking down after a year or less, you definitely need to start playing less often.