- MMO’s are highly addictive. Once you’re hooked on to an MMO, you will find yourself being unable to let go. When you do try, you will face withdrawal symptoms, like not being able to focus on anything and craving to get back to playing MMO.
- It is very time-consuming. Our modern lives are already packed with work and studies with little time left to spend with our friends and families. MMOs require a lot of time to make progress. Many MMO gamer find themselves coldly sacrificing their leisure time to play MMOs. They can even sacrifice their sleep in the name of the unholy teemo (satan of LoL) to play MMOs during ungodly hours.
- Thus, contributing to the undesired Anti-social Symptoms. Tackling withdrawal symptoms, sacrificing sleep and refusing friends/family time for a mere MMO are signs that you’re clearly losing your shit. Most gamers, in this process, forget how to interact with others in simple manners. Some of them can’t even gather the energy for a spirit bomb no I mean some of them can’t even gather the energy to walk out of their room. Thus making their skin pale like Edward Cullen’s. Trust me when I say, you wouldn’t want to be the Edward Cullen of the society because; first of all, twilight sucks and uh… that’s all.
- Following the anti-social symptoms is the habit of possessing extremely rude manners. Most MMO players tend to look upon the world as 12 to 15 years old teenagers who did their mom and are waiting in line to do their mom. That’s not even the worst part, an MMO gamer learns the strangest and weirdest ways of abusing people who will even put the gringos in your school to shame.
- When I wrote about ‘rude manners’ I also meant to write about anger issues. You will pretty bad anger issues if you are playing an MMO. 9 out of 11 people lose their ‘shit’. Your short temper will get the best of you and will feel the constant urge to bash every one’s ‘fookin’ head in. In your sight everyone else is noob and holding you down from reaching gold rank.
- Playing MMOs greatly hampers your education. It you will not be able to concentrate and you will play games instead of doing your homework.
- It also harms your linguistic abilities. You will find yourself distortedly speaking unable to express yourself. If you’re trying to write a college application, you’re screwed.
It is mostly due to the foreign players trying to speak English with a bad sense of grammar.
- Playing online MMO contributes greatly towards obesity. Great athletes who were once slim and ’smexy’ are now fat and undesirable just because they started playing online games. MMOs require negligible physical motion and people tend to sit down with junk food and cola before starting a game. Let me give you some examples of obesity due to gaming: i) 10 pounds per week. ii) Possibility of gaining cellulite. iii) worse even: moobs (look online), etc, etc.
- Last but not least, playing MMOs can be a huge waste of money. While most of the MMOs are said to be FREE, but they are not. Riot for example (league of legends/ MOBA) have earned millions of dollars through micro transactions (nifty money) alone. While a single game of CS:GO(Online Multiplayer FPS) can cost 700 BDT, it also has in-game gun customizing skins which also cost money. Not to mention the XP, enhancements, boosts that tempt the gamers to buy them for better performance and faster progress. Sometimes gamers reach a certain point in an MMO where they have to pay to play or buy monthly subscriptions. Sometimes even when they are not forced (directly) they have to buy perks like for example in the facebook game shadowgun gamers have to buy a helmet with real money to save them from head shots or else it becomes difficult to win the game. Gamers have to keep up with their friends or they have liked some feather they have to unlock without spending much time upon it, they have to spend money, for instance in league of legends , if you cannot unlock a champion with hard work and time, buy it. So, what’s it gotta be? Time or money?
- Oh wait, I forgot about the hygiene and bad self-esteem. When you’re playing online games, you lose your self-esteem and proper hygiene. You will start picking your nose, which apparently, many of us dislike. You will start scratching your head or private parts (subconsciously of course). Then you will get accustomed to doing it in public. You will choose games over a shower which will take only 5 minutes. You will eat your food on your computer desk and then work on your unclean desk without bothering to give it a swipe. You will wear the same clothes for several days.
These are some of the side effects of playing MMOs/ MMORPG/ MOBA/ FPS Multiplayer.