Martey and Consalvo’s article was fascinating. Not being a gamer myself, I had no idea people took this kind of stuff so seriously. The closer I ever got to the gaming world was playing Roller Coaster tycoon when I was in middle school, and I horrible at it. My guests kept getting sick on the rides and never had enough bathrooms strategically placed around the park.
While reading the article, I kept referring back to an episode I watched on The Big Bang Theory about Penny losing all hope and delving into the gaming world with the help of Sheldon.
Little does Sheldon know that Penny will become addicted to her avatar and the power she has in the game.
Through focusing so much on the game and her avatar, she completely loses track of time and responsibilities.
Penny’s friends try all sorts of things to get her to snap back to reality, but it takes a major “jolt” for her to realize she is losing touch and quits playing.
Why is it so enticing for people to lose themselves in these types of games?