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Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby Dan-cat

Cloud Strife wrote:I play computer games a lot too. Don't really see what the problem is.


How many hours a day? Be honest! :)

Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby Cloud Strife

Dan-cat wrote:
Cloud Strife wrote:I play computer games a lot too. Don't really see what the problem is.


How many hours a day? Be honest! :)


If I get a game that I like then it could easily be 4-5 hours a day at least. An hour or 2 before work and then another long session after work.

Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby The Herminator

Cloud Strife wrote:
Dan-cat wrote:
Cloud Strife wrote:I play computer games a lot too. Don't really see what the problem is.


How many hours a day? Be honest! :)


If I get a game that I like then it could easily be 4-5 hours a day at least. An hour or 2 before work and then another long session after work.


Let me guess. Jimmy White's "Whirlwind" Snooker?

Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby Iranu

Cloud Strife wrote:I play computer games a lot too. Don't really see what the problem is.

Addiction is addiction. If he's at a tournament spending more time playing/thinking about video games than concentrating on his matches, it's bound to have a detrimental effect.

Like any addicton it can be hard to overcome so fair play to him for going cold turkey.

Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby Cheshire Cat

This was in the Snooker Scene magazine months ago. It said his passion for video games increased, he wasn't enjoying his snooker and so he didn't put the hours in, hence his poor string of results.

Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby GJ

Makes sense why his form dropped off big time.

Good to see hes addressed the issue.

Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby LowKey

Cloud Strife wrote:I play computer games a lot too. Don't really see what the problem is.


Problem is he was playing all night until sunrise. Has a wife and a son.

He was completely addicted to it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39654115

Read this article. He was obsessed and it was taking up too much of his life. Very unhealthy.

Good on him for coming out and addressing this. It could help others in a similar position. It isn't something he should be ashamed of.

Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby Cloud Strife

LowKey wrote:
Cloud Strife wrote:I play computer games a lot too. Don't really see what the problem is.


Problem is he was playing all night until sunrise. Has a wife and a son.

He was completely addicted to it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39654115

Read this article. He was obsessed and it was taking up too much of his life. Very unhealthy.


Yeah, I completely understand some of the symptoms he describes. I too sometimes play through the night and it can ocassionally dominate my thinking. I guess the difference is I don't have a wife and kids to worry about.

The major problem for Robertson I see is his obsession with games like World of Warcraft and League of Legends, games which have no defined ending and require you to continually invest more and more of your time into them. Can't stand games like that, personally.

Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby LowKey

Cloud Strife wrote:
LowKey wrote:
Cloud Strife wrote:I play computer games a lot too. Don't really see what the problem is.


Problem is he was playing all night until sunrise. Has a wife and a son.

He was completely addicted to it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/39654115

Read this article. He was obsessed and it was taking up too much of his life. Very unhealthy.


Yeah, I completely understand some of the symptoms he describes. I too sometimes play through the night and it can ocassionally dominate my thinking. I guess the difference is I don't have a wife and kids to worry about.

The major problem for Robertson I see is his obsession with games like World of Warcraft and League of Legends, games which have no defined ending and require you to continually invest more and more of your time into them. Can't stand games like that, personally.


I agree and never played games like that as I found them pointless and a waste of time. I used to play fifa, but gave up gaming recently.

I would have thought playing games that often would possibly lead to hand, wrist and forearm and nerve issues. At the very least fatigue to the muscles and to the mind. Lack of sleep and not having peace of mind. Can't be helpful at all for snooker and he needs to make sure he never plays them again if he's an all or nothing type of personality

Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby Morinas77

Hasn't it always been obvious that Neil spends a whole lot of time with this type of stuff, just by following his twitter account over the years? Never understood why people called him the hardest worker, when it is impossible to be the hardest worker when you have such a time consuming hobby and a child.

Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby GJ

Nobody ever called him the hardest worker that is what Selby and Bingham are called

Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby KrazeeEyezKilla

They were talking on Eurosport about how Steve Davis used to have Space Invaders where he practiced. Although that wouldn't be as addictive as these online games. It's not as glamorous as Kirk Stevens being wired on cocaine. Although at least it's not an addiction to porn.

Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby Andy Spark

I'm a healthy sceptic when it comes to "addiction" of all kinds. You can't get "addicted" to playing video games. Neil just had a bad habit, but "habit" doesn't sound particularly dramatic so people tend to start imagining outrageous conflicts with their own free will. Society lets them get away with this strange sleight of hand manoeuvre because it somehow gets mixed up with healthy confessional processes.

Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby Andy Spark

Cloud Strife wrote:
If I get a game that I like then it could easily be 4-5 hours a day at least. An hour or 2 before work and then another long session after work.

I used to play a lot when I was younger. I grew out of it by finding other, dare I say, more mature interests. I think it's more of a bad habit if it is 4-5 hours a day for a long period, say many months, on the same game. If it's different games then I don't think there's much to be concerned about, but I'm no expert.

Re: Neil Robertson reveals video game addiction

Postby TheSaviour

It is vital that people just do what they fancy to do. Like it is vital that you should write just what you yourself think. Not writing something funny or strange what some nutter down at the Pub has perhaps told you. That´s the line the teachers are having. Don´t copy paste but write what you really think. I certainly support that.

So if Neil just fancies to play the video games, then he should play those games. If having a some kind of pressure to do something then it is a different ball game. having a social pressure to consume alcohol or things like that are an extremely serious and complicated issues. There are people who never lets you down or to be in serious troubles. Don´t create those serious troubles. When you don´t have to.

People are holding the balance. Don´t mess with it. That´s vital. Otherwise it is always going to back-fire.