Social gaming has become extremely big with the help of Facebook. People who never considered playing games before now flock to many of them which Facebook, and various other sites, make available. While these games are for people to pass the time and become gamers, even if they still don’t consider themselves one, having them readily available can cause a problem.
Just like with “regular” gaming people can become addicted to these games. Something that should be fun becomes something you must check on every day. Of course, many of these games are designed that way because they want you to keep playing them and spending money but it isn’t necessary. Unfortunately, it can easily happen and I am proof of that.
As you’ve read in the past I began to play Farmville 2 when it caught my attention. At first I wanted to see how it was different from the original and found it to be highly entertaining. Lots to do, goals to reach for with expanding the farm and gaining new plants/trees/animals, even rewards for reaching some of these goals. It was a game to pass the time before I left for work in the morning and when I got home at night to get out of the work groove.
Eventually though I began to spend more time playing Farmville 2 than I did writing, reading, playing other games, even interacting with people in my house. It would actually take me over an hour to do everything I could and visit all my friends to help on their farms. Yeah, that’s not really social playing anymore but in depth. I finally had to stop and block the game so I wouldn’t even see what my friends were doing. I didn’t want to be tempted to go back.
Now granted, I could unblock the game and start playing again, but why would I? I mean I’d have to start all over again. So social gaming can be just as addictive as other forms of gaming.