How to approach a gaming addiction?

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#1  Edited By MXC361

I'll first start by saying I have a friend who has this addiction, I know you're automatically going think it's cliche and think it's me; but it's really not. Anyway, I have a friend who owns a PS3 as his main console like myself. My friend seems to have an addiction to what I call, "trophy wh**ing" he buys games constantly and is forever downloading cheap PSN games just to get their trophies. Once he attains all the trophies in a game, he'll sell the game at GameStop and continue on to another. It used to be fun playing with him in many of the games we both owned that were online compatible, but ever since he became a trophy wh*** he's sold almost all the games we've had in common just to buy a new one to get its trophies. Sometimes, he'll buy a game back at GameStop that he used to own just to play online with me for a month or so then sell it back; in fact, he's bought a copy Bad Company 2 three times now. He lost his job about 4 months ago and is financially running himself into the ground just to Platinum any game he can get his hands on. I've recommended GameFly to him, but he said it costs too much. I'm a concerned friend and I don't know whether I should let him continue to feed his trophy appetite, intervene somehow, or politely tell him he should stop? Any suggestions and/or comments?
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#2  Edited By Rolyatkcinmai

I know lots of people that do this, but they usually do it with achievements.

Why the fuck would you bother with trophies?

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#3  Edited By MXC361
@Rolyatkcinmai said:


                   

I know lots of people that do this, but they usually do it with achievements.

Why the fuck would you bother with trophies?



                   

               

He told me before that he "wants to get the most out of his game." I guess that I'm a dying breed that is satisfied with beating a game, regardless of trophy or achievement support, and playing through it multiple times because I enjoy a well made campaign in a game.
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#4  Edited By FluxWaveZ

Whoring. 
 
Does he actually understand how Gamefly works? Because the way he plays, it'd seem like Gamefly would actually be much cheaper for him than buying and selling games. I'm always one to think that one should do what pleases him, though, so I say let him be, unless it completely spirals out of control.

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#5  Edited By iam3green

it sounds like he is a trophy whore. it sounds boring to be one of those, like in some games where you have to collect a bunch of things. 
 
talk to him about it.

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#6  Edited By jorbear

Touch his shoulder and say, "I'm here for you, son."

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#7  Edited By FluxWaveZ
@jorbear said:

Touch his shoulder and say, "I'm here for you, son."

And then kiss him on his forehead.
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#8  Edited By jorbear

@FluxWaveZ said:

@jorbear said:

Touch his shoulder and say, "I'm here for you, son."

And then kiss him on his forehead.

Proceed to call in an exorcist after all this. Those evil trophies are possessing his pure vessel.

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#9  Edited By kermoosh

for me, college was the shock i needed to lessen my gaming pace. but you said that he had a job so im assuming he's out or never went to college. anyway i would say to have an intervention or something. get a group of friends together to get him to stop, if not have a serious conversation with him and get him to let you hold on to his ps3 for awhile in a withdrawal phase
 
im no 'addiction' expert, i simply write my opinion

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#10  Edited By SoylentGreen

Maybe he just likes S-Ranking games that much? It's your call if you want to voice your concerns to him, but don't try to hold an intervention or anything like that. Games aren't addictive like drugs, if he wants to stop he'll stop.

Let the dude do his own thing.

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#11  Edited By TheMustacheHero

Slap him in the face.

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#12  Edited By MXC361
@TheMustacheHero said:


                    Slap him in the face.

                   

               

This made me rofl.
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#13  Edited By Twitchey

Hire a hooker to take him out to dinner. 
Sneak into his house, go onto his PS3 account, and steal his PS3. 
Run like hell since he sounds like the kind of guy who would rip your head off for this.  
Buy a voice changer 
Call him 24 hours later with a British accent and tell him you have his PS3 and if he doesn't get a job in one month then you will smash his PS3. 
 
Or, call his family and have an intervention.

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#14  Edited By OllyOxenFree

@MXC361 said:

I've recommended GameFly to him, but he said it costs too much.
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#15  Edited By HandsomeDead

Replace it with a cooler addiction.

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#16  Edited By TotalEklypse
@HandsomeDead said:
Replace it with a cooler addiction.
I hear crack works wonders.
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#17  Edited By RaikohBlade
@OllyOxenFree said:

@MXC361 said:

I've recommended GameFly to him, but he said it costs too much.
Haha! That's a hilarious Gootecks GIF~! Perfect reaction to that statement. And as for that dude's gaming addiction, he sounds pretty insane. Buying a game three times over!? Hard to believe. I'd say he needs an intervention by family and close friends.

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#18  Edited By Devil240Z

@Rolyatkcinmai said:

I know lots of people that do this, but they usually do it with achievements.

Why the fuck would you bother with trophies?

cause trophies are way better than lame ass achievments. ho.

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#19  Edited By Emilio

Yes, it's a serious condition. Many people are addicted to increasing their virtual GamerScores and Trophy levels. Something inside their brains tells them that it is more satisfying to "complete" those small (sometimes time consuming or impossibly difficult) tasks than the actual game. They will force themselves to play poor titles just to round off those points, and they become immensely frustrated when they cannot complete them 100%. 
 
It is not a video game addiction. A video game addiction would mean he could not stop himself from playing a game, and that it would interfere with his health, job, or social interactions. 
 
What your friend does is ultimately up to him.

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#20  Edited By jetsetwillie
@MXC361: as long as people are enjoying game what the fuck does it matter how people play them. is he having fun?
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#21  Edited By WickedCestus
@jetsetwillie said:
@MXC361: as long as people are enjoying game what the fuck does it matter how people play them. is he having fun?
I think the biggest problem is that he is spending all his money and has no job.
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#22  Edited By scarace360

If he is still eating or bathing or sleeping or will stop playing to do things he needs to survive its not that bad. Just leave him alone and hope he out grows it.