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I'm a college student from North Carolina studying English and Journalism. I'm a reformed Comp Sci Major and a featured writer from Game Informer's community blogs section, which means my things get posted to the front page! Enjoying the new site so far and the long form articles Polygon has been posting.

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I think a portion of this article helps highlight something a lot of people misunderstand, and which is really harmful to mental health discussions in general. Addiction is not just doing something a lot, people with OCD aren’t addicted to their ticks. Addiction is a dependency, and one that almost always has mental and physical manifestations in the user.

If you take a drug away from an addict, they experience withdrawal, physical symptoms of their addiction. If you take a video game away from someone who is obsessed, the most likely response will not be a physical reaction to an absent dependency. That’s not to say they won’t have a strong negative reaction, just that the reaction is unlikely to physically manifest itself based solely on the absence of a game, or TV show, or internet access or whatever other media they’re obsessed with.

I think maybe, as a society, we might tend to lean more towards addiction because it’s a more socially acceptable explanation for the problem. It’s something we hear more often, something we’re more comfortable discussing in the open. It’s the fault of the person for trying the thing they were addicted to in the first place, but it’s also not entirely their fault because they become reliant upon whatever thing they are addicted to. It’s the idea of shame on them for getting to this point, but they couldn’t have stopped once they started if they wanted to… vs, there’s something wrong with this abstract thing that governs how this other person thinks and behaves. A lot of people also view the solution to addiction as a simpler fix, and the thought of fixing something with no obvious root kinda scares a lot of people.

That distracts from the idea of it as a potential mental health issue instead. Which is something I haven’t seen considered in many discussions of it. It’s always addiction, never obsession or a symptom of other mental distress/dysfunction. I’d like to see someone who knows much more than me approach it from that angle, because I have a sneaking suspicion it will bear more resemblance to other mental issues than an addictive substance.

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I figured as much… I just don’t understand why you would say dooblydoo over description. O.o

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What the hell is a dooblydoo?

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BioWare FMV game. Find Justin McElroy and tell him to put his big-boy pants on. He’s got another game to add to his horrible, horrible list.

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I’d be more worried that the game was only asking for 50k despite trying to replicate the STALKER games. That’s some pretty ambitious stuff for a 50k mark.

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This is complete and utter crap. They don’t care about balancing in Destiny, not this much. The vanguard class has an absurd advantage in the beta’s domination style mode, since they can just slam onto a point and kill anyone in capture range, and the map design is hilariously unbalanced. One team starts with a turret overlooking their closest control point, making it absurdly difficult to take since all they have to do is hop in that thing. Vehicles are as ridiculous in Destiny as in Halo, and the shotgun is absurd in Destiny too, how surprising. (There was a guy on the enemy team clearing points alone by charging in with a shotgun.) Also, I kept all of my weapons moving into MP, meaning I had an advantage that pretty obviously showed. I placed second on my team with a 2.00 KD and I haven’t been good at shooters in at least half a decade – also, I was playing with my PS3 over wireless because my ethernet IS STREAM TI4 ON THE SOURCE SETTING.

This is complete bunk.

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What are you talking about? I’m talking about compromising the security measures of an entire system that theoretically allows people to run outside software on their PS3s, including outside software that could be used to break through security measures. Yes, Sony should be more on top of their security, but he didn’t need to release that to the public.

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On the one hand, it’s a good thing he’ll be working on something productive, on the other I don’t feel like he should be rewarded with what’s probably a very well-paying job for compromising the security of millions of peoples’ personal information. He has to know how much of a problem doing something like that can cause, he’s too smart not to, and he did it anyways. Not sure I would trust someone like that with sensitive information about a company I was running after the stunt he pulled.

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