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Too Much Gaming, Anyone?

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the yes-there-is-such-thing dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 894

Nrik noted a wired story about too much gaming and how sometimes a few too many hours of gaming can cause your mind to blur some lines. For me it was Tony Hawk- I played so much that I started sizing up curbs for grinding while driving home from work. Katamari Damacy has been a problem too. I'm fairly certain my car is large enough to pick up the railings on the overpass near my house. I'm even more certain that these thoughts are bad.

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Katahada Damahoocha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321586)



God Bless Katamari!

Re:Katahada Damahoocha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321628)

No, God Bless Penny Arcade! [penny-arcade.com]

Oh yeah.. (2, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321591)


For me it's the Thief series of games. I've been walking behind people and thought "I could blackjack him/her..." Don't call the guys in white coats, though, I've never lurked in shadows while wearing a black cape or muttered about "Keepers".

Re:Oh yeah.. (3, Funny)

CK2004PA (827615) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321683)

For me its America's Army. I'm watching the nightly news of Marines clearing houses in Fallujah and thinking to myself "Why don't they RPG that house first, then throw in flash bangs and frag nades before kicking that door in?"

I know thats bad.

Re:Oh yeah.. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321764)


Hasn't the US killed enough innocent civilians in Iraq? When a marine dies and everyone cries you have to remember that they volunteered for combat while the women and children of Iraq are considered "collateral damage" for Bush's oil war.

Disgusting.

Re:Oh yeah.. (1)

Dav3K (618318) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321703)

I can totally relate to this with Thief. I may not have contemplated any assaults, but casing a place for unobserved entry, yeah, I've thought about that.

On the other end of the scale, I also invested a lot of thought into Space Trader for the Palm - but that was more on money making schemes.

Re:Oh yeah.. (1)

isecore (132059) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321754)

I played a lot of Thief 3 this spring. I started getting to the point where I'd check the surroundings for a nice shadowy place to hide.

Also I'd get very startled by sudden noises, and sometimes I would narrate (in my head) what I was doing.

wall scrapie? (1)

spywarearcata.com (841806) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321592)

I knew I was playing too much Armagetron [sourceforge.net] when I kept scraping along the walls of my house to gain speed.

Tetris (1)

SalMoriarty (211240) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321596)

i remember playing tetris as a kid and seeing a skyling and sizing it up to see how the tetris pieces would fit into them.

that was 10 years ago. i still i feel i do that now.

GTA (4, Interesting)

kaustik (574490) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321598)

Is it just me, or has GTA clouded the minds of others as well?

Re:GTA (5, Funny)

spywarearcata.com (841806) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321651)

I think I erred in permitting my kids to play GTA *before* taking driver's training...

Re:GTA (5, Funny)

artemis67 (93453) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321729)

I think I erred in permitting my kids to play GTA *before* buying them semi-automatic weapons...

Re:GTA (1)

EnderWiggnz (39214) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321702)

look, we'll only get one star if we knock over the armored truck. we can out run one star, and get the car painted before the cops catch us.

no problem.

Re:GTA (4, Interesting)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321707)

During Christmas break of my junior year of college, I was told I wasn't needed at work (but that they'd still pay me!) so I got to spend three weeks on GTA3. Fantastic. Nowhere to go, nothing to do, and nobody to bitch about spending so much time in front of the TV with "those damn police siren sounds blaring." Unfortunately, I also didn't do much driving during this time (no car, no need for one).

When I finally did drive, I realized I was reaching for the handbrake so I could turn around. When I saw a police car, I had the idea that it would be faster to simply use his car...

Don't get me started on the pedestrians I saw.

Re:GTA (4, Funny)

dsginter (104154) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321716)

Is it just me, or has GTA clouded the minds of others as well?

It isn't just you... [navy.mil]

Re:GTA (1)

ArmenTanzarian (210418) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321738)

It's never made me violent or made me want to steal a car. Just given me an even more irrational fear of the police. If I nick their car, they're going to kill me!

Re:GTA (1)

notsoanonymouscoward (102492) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321742)

yeah i can remember driving to school the next day after hours of GTA, pulling up next to a nice car and thinking, "oh I should trade up".

Re:GTA (2, Interesting)

Aggrazel (13616) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321748)

The other day I saw a Ferrari Testarossa pulling out of the building near where I work (The Federal Building of all places, who knew they got paid that much) and instantly I thought "Ooh, Cheetah" before realizing what I was thinking.... I just hung my head in shame.

Re:GTA (1)

killeena (794394) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321768)

Yes! There is an army reserve base by my house, so sometimes I see those covered army trucks or whatever. When I see one, I think, "I could totally steal that and sneak into the army base!"

another sign is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321600)

when you strafe around corners in the old office building

First! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321602)

Mooo HA HA HA!

Tetris (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321603)

TI-85 Calculator Tetris.

I saw shapes falling everytime I blinked for quite a while.

Re:Tetris (1)

green pizza (159161) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321684)

TI-85 Calculator Tetris.
LOL, that reminds me too much of an old high school classmate. He failed at least one math class by spending every class period playing Zcasino on his TI-85. He even filed bug reports.

Re:Tetris (1)

funkhauser (537592) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321757)

Oh man. I can second the mind-altering capabilities of Tetris, although I was always partial to the NES version. I had a very bad habit of playing that right before going to bed. As soon as I closed my eyes, the blocks began falling and the incessant, sleep-denying game of mental Tetris began... :)

I also remember playing in a chess tournament in high school. After several preliminary rounds in the evening, all I could see when I tried to sleep was the damned green-on-white chess-board pattern.

dreams (5, Funny)

psycht (233176) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321605)

I know I've had too much Quake III, when often used to dream of insagibbing my friends.

Although good dreams, I knew I needed to back off a bit.

GTA3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321608)

I see a firetruck and my fingers start twitching at the thought of taking it for myself.

yay first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321611)

GTA is bad mmk

I feel you (1)

bigtangringo (800328) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321612)

I think everyone who's ever played Tony Hawk has done that...

Anyway, it's when you start having dreams about gaming that it maybe too much. But then again when you're dreaming, maybe you just haven't played enough?

This is a paradoxial world we live in isn't it?

FP!

Well... (1)

commodore_dude (693259) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321613)

as long as you don't start killing prostitutes with baseball bats to get your money back!

Re:Well... (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321710)

What if you were doing it well before GTA came out...is it still ok then?

i do that all the time (4, Funny)

frogger01 (806562) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321614)

this happens to me all the time. i can hardly fly for ten minutes in my tie fighter before i think that i'm in a star wars game....

Quake (1)

dolo666 (195584) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321615)

This started for me when I was heavily addicted to Quake. Red city post boxes looked like the 666, and some other obscure street items looked like the invis. Wondering now, perhaps the success to addictive gaming is centered around the similarities between the game you're designing and common items in daily living.

Ungulate attack (1)

lisaparratt (752068) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321618)

Playing Jeff Minter games in interesting states of head is exceptionally bad for you. My minds eye was full of Gridrunner++ like closed eye visuals for days!

Burnout 3 (4, Funny)

clarus (39399) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321622)

Even worse was when I went on a burnout 3 binge. I would pull alongside a tanker trailer and start calculating the best angle to hit it so that i could bounce over the median into oncoming traffic.

It certainly did change my temporary assesment of situations.

Half-Life (1)

ScribeOfTheNile (694546) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321623)

Half-Life has forced me to keep myself and crowbars away from men wearing blue shirts and kevlar. :)

Carmageddon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321625)

Every time I get in my car, I look down at my parking brake and think Carmageddon. Maybe I shouldn't be allowed to drive...

Hmm, guess I need to stop playing CTF! (4, Funny)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321626)

In addition to attempting to blow someone away with a nearby shopping cart at the grocery store while reaching for a flag wrapped in plastic I have been told I say, "owned" entirely too much.

Bah. If only I could grapple to work.

same, but different (5, Funny)

dynamo_mikey (218256) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321627)

Too much gaming definitely caused me problems, for example I find it hard to focus after several hours because my wife is yelling at me.

After Spiderman 2(PS2)... (1)

Jerdie (516662) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321629)

I have to resist the urge to try and toss out weblines and swing around on the buildings near me.
It is kind of freaky.

Day/Night Dreaming (1)

sameerdesai (654894) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321632)

I keep on dreaming about the games during day and night and keep wondering I am one of the characters. Way too disturbing when you wake up from sleep and you are tired of all the dream gaming!!

Ah, the days of tetris (1)

Shazow (263582) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321634)

Nothing quite like sizing random furniture to fit between other furniture, then expecting it to blink, bloop, and points to be added to my hud on the top right.

Now, don't get me started about my dreams^H^H^H^H^H^Hnightmares.

- shazow

Animal Crossing (1)

TheBrownShow (454945) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321635)

My girlfriend and I were so obsessed with trying to catch every fish and insect in Animal Crossing on the Gamecube, that we once saw a Butterfly go by in the park and wondered "if we had that one" ...

Re:Animal Crossing (1)

l3v1 (787564) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321717)

Gee, now that's wierd :) maybe should've played Leisure S. Larry to exhaustion, then you both would've thought out more ... well, better ideas :)

Re:Animal Crossing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321780)

you sir, are lame.

Racing Games (1)

selphish189 (754989) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321639)

Games like Need for Speed are what get me. A car cuts me off on my way to work and the first thought that goes thru my mind is to run them off the road... that cannot be good....

Oh if only... (1)

tyndyll (653821) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321642)

All I wanted for Christmas was knowledge of where the respawn point is and how to quick save before doing something stupid...

Tony Hawk (1)

Quasar1999 (520073) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321643)

Yes... working 16 hour days at my last job, we would sit and play xbox (tony hawk 4) for half hour at a time...

now being sleep deprived, over worked, and only having Tony Hawk 4 as an escape, on my walks home from work I would actually attempt to grind curbs (but I didn't have a skateboard)... resulting in some nice injury... I believe that is the definition of too much gaming... or is it too little intelligence... not sure...

Myst (1)

ContactClean (232734) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321649)

For days on end I was passing my hand over everything in the hopes of it unlocking a door or passage way.

Quake + College Broadband = Hallucinations (1)

fdrake76 (696983) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321650)

For me, it was when I was at the mall with my girlfriend and we were passing under a 15 foot overpass and my initial thought was "I think I could rocket jump onto that". I knew then I needed serious counselling.

Article link slightly incorrect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321653)

I'm ok with it (1)

astrokid (779104) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321659)

Yeah, the line blurs for me too... but I only play the Leisure Suit Larry games

This coupled with reading slashdot explain a lot.

Diddy Kong Racing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321660)

Years ago now, when I got my first console (N64) with my first game (Diddy Kong Racing) I used to wish I had some of the missiles in the game to shoot at slow walking people. Not for violent reasons mind, just so they'd fly up in the air and I could walk undeneath them and get home a bit quicker.

Definately... (1)

sbryant (93075) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321662)

Whenever I'm at the cinema, I always expect someone to jump out of the projectionist's window, blast a hole in the screen and run through it...

-- Steve

Re:Definately... (1)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321741)

I do this every time I go. I keep thinking there's a jetpack back there.

I was banned from Movies 14 for that. :(

Zerg in my sleep (4, Funny)

sckeener (137243) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321665)

I can remember playing so much starcrack, that I couldn't close my eyes without seeing Zerg prancing around.

Little zergs scratching at the door.
Little zergs digging holes.
little zergs racing across the landscape.

It was wonderful.

Bad driving was... (1)

bob670 (645306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321671)

starting to become a fantasy on every commute when Crazy Taxi came out for the DreamCast. I looked at every traffic jam as an exercise in planning the best route, including a jaunt down the ravine behind my workplace to "drop off passengers" faster at work each morning.

You'll wind up like this guy... (0, Redundant)

dsginter (104154) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321672)

Don't do it [navy.mil] !

After playing too much City of Heroes... (4, Funny)

Bobartig (61456) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321673)

When I see a crowd of kids/ppl standing in a parking lot, I think about positioning for area attacks based on surrounding architecture and the shape of their group.

I also marvel at how long it takes to get around cities without superspeed (basically the ability to run 60 mph all the time)

Good lord (3, Insightful)

Dracolytch (714699) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321674)

From the article:

"I've been using the computer for so long, and command-Z works for undo in all the software programs," Hoffman said. "So whenever I find something in my life that I want to undo, I reach for the command-Z keys and I find it weird that it doesn't work."




You need a fucking vacation. NOW.



~D

Re:Good lord (1)

shish (588640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321766)

No, you need a vacation -- from slashdot. Come back when you're a nerd :P

Ghost Recon... (1)

Wampus Aurelius (627669) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321675)

...caused me to start ducking down behind hills whenever I walked behind them. It also made me really good at spotting human-shaped targets...I mean people.

WoW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321676)

Well my current obsession is World of warcrack. My friends and I play quiet a bit and its bad since we spend a good deal of time in class talking about it and such. Now that I have a laptop will only make it worse since I can play in class...

Tetris attack (4, Insightful)

UtucXul (658400) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321677)

Mostly it was Tetris Attack for the SNES for me. When I played a lot of that there were tiles in the bathroom that I kept rearanging in my head to make matches like in the game.

We won't talk about what too much Goldeneye made me think.

Spy Hunter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321681)

Oh, for some select modifications to my car! Making tailgaters slide of the road would be so much more fun than slowing down just to piss them off...

And how about some rocket launchers, too, for the morons that happen to be in front?

ahh yes (1)

caston (711568) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321685)

I played so much lesisure suit larry that I started going up to women and trying cheesy pick-up lines on them.
Heaven help the man thats played too much Heros Quest!

Oh yes, it's for real. (4, Funny)

Vengeance (46019) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321686)

Too much Doom had me scared in the office.

Too much Quake2 had me strafing around corners (still do this a bit).

Too much Asheron's Call had me jumpy just from being outdoors (what was THAT? Oh, just a log, not a golem).

Too much Liesure Suit Larry, and I... nevermind.

GTA3 (1)

Garak (100517) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321687)

After playing many many hours of GTA3 I've found myself out sizing up cars, thinking I could go yank some guy out of it and take off. One day I was walking up the street and came across a car that looked really fast and I had to stop my self from going up and trying the doors.

GTA3 and above have to be the worst, just because it simulates doing crimes in the real world. Most other games are modeled in a fake place, somewhere there is no real parallel to here in the real world.

It haunts me in my dreams (1)

^Case^ (135042) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321689)

I remember lying in bed trying to fall asleep with my head full of strategies for civilization. What units to build, what technologies to pursue.

More recently I've been having trouble letting Counter-strike go. Trying to work out attack and defence patterns.

Luckily, I haven't had problems keeping the real world and the game separated. Like having thoughts about sneaking up on people with a military grade blade trying to score another head shot... uhm, except maybe for... nevermind ;-)

Puzzles (1)

Barromind (783894) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321696)

With enough hours of Tetris or Zuma, the moment I close my eyes I can act as a living computer and see complete matches of these games to the tiniest detail displayed in the darkness.

Black and white ... (4, Interesting)

Monkelectric (546685) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321699)

For anyone who remembers Black and White, most of the game is spent looking at (fairly gorgeous) landscapes. I was driving one day and passed by a very small valley with a tree in it. I was overtaken by an urge to grab the tree and place it in my village store.

Then I decided it was probably time to pay attention to the road and take a break from black and white.

Name for experience (1)

markbe (848569) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321700)

This happened for me with DaggerFall whenever I would hear a door creak open... But this should have a term associated with it. Say: gamebulist (from somnambulist and game)

Battlefield1942's scary effect on me (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321701)

After playing for a few weeks I started suffering from the delusion that if I joined an army, they would give me a gun and actually let me kill people! With no repercussions! I know it is crazy talk, but it's true. I had to put it away just to stay safe.

Tony Hawk Not So Bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321704)

At least the versions where it was mostly just skating and not a 'World Desturction Tour".

Go get a board (or a bmx bike) and some safety gear and start taking your video game obsession to the next level!

Dreams (1)

GrEp (89884) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321712)

The problem I have when I play Civ3 to much is I have a hard time getting propper sleep. After three hours of gaming I can't get the map out of my head, which takes me for ever to get to sleep. When I do get to sleep I have fuzzy dreams about playing Civ3, and when I wake up I donot feel very rested.

And yes... after played GTA3 for the first time I thought about obtaining the FBI car while driving. This was a one time thing and after another play session I was desesitized. Maybe the problem with some people is that they didn't play long enough ;)

Transport tycoon (1)

zorren (584364) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321721)

We is was younger i played ALOT of transport tycoon. After 14 hours strait I started laying rails on the tiles in the bathroom in my mind. Cool games though, try OpenTTD.

I'm "normal"? (1)

davidbrit2 (775091) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321724)

"For me it was Tony Hawk- I played so much that I started sizing up curbs for grinding while driving home from work."

Thank god I'm not the only one. There are some bitchin' air transfer gaps into my bath tub, too.

DDR arrows are also the bane of my existence. Lying in bed with arrows scrolling past your eyelids is one thing, but when your legs start twitching instinctively at the sight...

Mudding... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321725)

Too many hours gaming and I ...

Would evaluate people in a grocery line

Wonder why muds don't have grocery stores or shopping centers, maybe a Darth Mall...

Think about wearing a robe, until I realize I'd always be tripping on it, unlike in the mud where my 18 dex seemed to prevent such pratfalls.

Think reality is just too weird.

before you get too carried away, always remember (3, Informative)

thenefariousone (710805) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321726)

The Real World Doesn't have Respawn.

Critical hit: Heat sink (1)

objekt404 (473463) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321727)

What, you mean that when I see a red hue over the bumper of the car infront of me I *do not* have SRM lock on them?

Of course, I usually glance for their tires since all overflow damage doubles & goes internal...

Happened with Ultima Online.... (1)

killeena (794394) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321731)

I would take a break for a while, and head up to the store to get some snacks and a pack of smokes. I always had the urge to go to the counter and say "vendor buy." Good thing I never actually said it, I can't imagine the looks I would have got.

Too much Death Track (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321735)

After a semester of living in the dorms and playing lots of Death Track (weaponized racing game), I get into a real car for the first time in a while. As I pull out of the lot onto the road, I see spy a car in my rear view mirror. First thought that comes to mind- Deploy caltrops!

Weird (1)

Loadmaster (720754) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321739)

That's the same thing I told the judge this morning.

This is my one post.

Half Life (1)

CharAznable (702598) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321743)

After getting heavily into Half Life 2, I started strafing around corners, wondering if there were headcrabs behind trash cans and cardboard boxes, and basically looking for objects that I could pick up and throw at people if I needed to!

GTA and driving (1)

Grayden (137336) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321745)

I've found that it can be dangerous to drive after playing GTA for a few hours. More precisely, it can be dangerous to be a motorcyclist on the same road with me after I've played GTA. It's just so fun to give them a little bump and send the riders flying!

WoW... (4, Funny)

methangel (191461) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321752)

I know that after playing 6 hours of WoW and stopping at 4 a.m. I dream about levelling up and gaining items. The issue is, my mind believes that I HAVE gained levels and I DO have the new items. I am sadly mistaken when I play again.

Nothing compared to old school games... (1)

digitalamish (449285) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321753)

You whipper snappers with yer new fangeled 3-D games. Try a game that repeats itself exactly the same way (with very little variation) like old school coin-ops. I remember sitting in the back of class working on my PacMan moves. For me, it was the audio of those games. Who could forget the PacMan 'death', the Galaga 'yellow ship tractor beam', the sound of the Defender ship blowing things up, or the relentlessness of Space Invaders.

They still haunt me.

tetris, indeed (3, Interesting)

wintermute1000 (731750) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321756)

Seems like a large portion of people commenting so far have (fond?) memories of Tetris completely taking over. I haven't played Tetris in years and I can still conjure up games in my head.

I know also that I became really suspicious about social interactions while I was playing the Sims. I'd talk to people and know they were just doing it so their social meter would rise, and would leave feeling used and resentful. It was really terrible, because while it's generally not so hard to curb violent impulses, I started feeling like none of the people who talked to me throughout the course of the day actually had any regard for me and get really discontented.

Of course... (5, Insightful)

Dracolytch (714699) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321758)

This is honestly like almost any other phenomenon... If we do something enough, we start thinking of the world in those terms. If you do art, you begin to see things as an artist does... Colors, relationships of spaces, etc.

By no means is this limited to gaming, and it's also what makes interactivity such a powerful tool for learning. Most people I know prefer to learn by doing. Doing in a properly engineered virtual world is a great way to prepare people for doing in the real world. That's what simulations are all about... And most games are simulations.

~D

minesweeper (1)

nominanuda (786275) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321759)

during the height of my minesweeper addiction, I would play imaginary games for hours in a semi-sleep state. Then I started wondering if the games I was playing actually made sense. ie...were the formations I was clicking actually valid, or was I just making it up as I went along, and not actually following any rules...since i didn't really ever hit a mine, I think it was all bogus.

Halo 2 (1)

Unholy_Kingfish (614606) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321765)

I was having dreams of those pointy headed guys running around my house... when I woke up and for about 5 seconds I thought I saw one... must have been that cheese steak I ate before bedtime.

Burn-out 3 (2, Interesting)

cexshun (770970) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321769)

After an intense session of Burn-out 3, I was driving to pick the wife up from work. Comming up on a sharp intersection, I instinctively reached for the e-brake, ready to power slide around the 90degree turn at 50mph. Luckily I caught myself, but it gave me quite a scare.

skating (1)

norsk_hedensk (671990) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321771)

"For me it was Tony Hawk- I played so much that I started sizing up curbs for grinding while driving home from work."

if you skate already you tend to do this all the time. never has impared my every day functioning.

GTA Vice City (0, Troll)

Kill all Muslims (845937) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321773)

I can't help but kill every Hatian I see. Oh wait, I would kill them anyway.

Unreal Tournament. (1)

Mastadex (576985) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321775)

I played that game so much that I actually strafed through groups of people in the hallways at school....

Restore, or Reload from the beginning? (1)

brouski (827510) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321776)

A few years back I went on a bender with some old Sierra collections (Space Quest, Police Quest and the like). For days afterwards, I would find myself usually in the car, contemplating a dangerous manuever like pulling out into traffic, and telling myself if I crashed I could just restore my last save.

It's kind of a scary feeling when you realize what's going on.

too much DDR (3, Insightful)

Second_Derivative (257815) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321777)

I'd say it's pretty bad when you hear a techno tune, close your eyes and you can just see the arrows...

Crazy Taxi (1)

BigDork1001 (683341) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321778)

I remember the first time I played Crazy Taxi in the arcade. It was one of the machines where you sit down at the wheel and go nuts. After playing for a couple hours I hopped in my car and almost killed myself. It turns out you can do "Crazy Drifts" in a Buick.

I immediately gauge in-range or out of my SOCOM M4 (1)

csoto (220540) | more than 9 years ago | (#11321781)

Do I need to kneel, or even lie on my stomach to make this shot?

Ghost Recon can do this to you. Every person is a potential target. Too bad there's no IFF IRL...

Ya i find that too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11321782)

liek sometimes when i play a game and there are interesting stories on it i then goto sites like slashdot and expect to see the same.

Talk about a slow day in the news.
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