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wellness Level 199 Mardia Phantom 4 Justaway Guild
I believe the greatest reason I have come across to not play games like Maplestory and to instead play other casual 3d games is that addiction to videogames and too much videogame playing may lead to poor health and decreased function of the brain, something I wouldn't personally want since it affects socialization, academics, memory, whereas casual 3d game playing that requires somewhat difficult hand-eye coordination and strategy in a 3d environment may lead to increased brain function. Maplestory is 2d and does not require much hand-eye coordination at all, and it is made so you would do repetitive tasks for hours on end to get through it. It seems like one of the most unhealthy games for the brain. Whereas you have other 3d videogames that are simultaneously harder and easier to play casually (30 minutes to an hour). You can imagine that games like chess, overwatch, call of duty, starcraft, perhaps card games even like hearthstone, are more rewarding and easier to play within a 30 minute to 1 hour time frame since it pits you against opponents within your skill level (allowing winning), and also are more interactive tasks for more parts of the brain. You just have to limit your playing. Maplestory and games like it that focus on grinding for gear are more difficult to feel rewarded in since you will have to grind multiple things to get ahead, and to go through it at a nice pace for free would require hours of gameplay, which I have suggested would negatively affect you. That's why I would recommend thinking about this and looking into other games and limiting gameplay, unless of course you don't care.

Also -- and I believe it would be remiss to not say this -- from my personal experience, when I have played Maplestory for hours, I have felt some type of mental block and adopted a negative attitude, whereas I have not when playing other videogames. Also, when I have read certain classical or technical books that are professionally developed and have a nice flow, fiction or nonfiction, for hours, I have actually felt better and more mentally able to interact with my environment; I would suggest to anyone to force themselves to read at least one to try it out. I have also read other works for hours that are pretty low on the reading level which have had almost the same, but less of an impact. Other things like television, comics, and whatnot have had even less of an impact, though there are some that really get me going.
Posted: December 2016 Permalink

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chopin Level 177 Scania Hayato 4 See what games, anime & art chopin is intoShinsuke
I still don't get why people play this

I had way more fun playing rise of tomb raider than this, anyone would agree becuz there is challenge, intense combat, and mysteries to be solved

Anddddd then this garbage game, there is just nothing to offer but chores
Dec 30 2016
wellness Level 199 Mardia Phantom 4 Justaway Guild
@chopin: Good question. If you look at it a the points I've made and look at it from a cause and effect type of thing, I think the things I have mentioned would compound and cause people to continue playing the game after they start and get into the RNG. It can all be related to psychology. In the beginning, it takes much less time to level, and so you are rewarded quickly, then it compounds and you play more, and by that time you are already used to it, your brain changes, and you are more inclined to play more. Then when you get into the RNG aspects, you are even more deeper into playing hardcore and so will continue to play because that's what you're used to and your brain has changed to accommodate the game structure. I think that's what it's related to.
Dec 30 2016
chopin Level 177 Scania Hayato 4 See what games, anime & art chopin is intoShinsuke
@wellness: right, they feel like they need to keep progressing

but honestly though, there isn't much there waiting for them lol i've been there

they are getting stronger for what? quicker kills ok but wheres the challenge in a 10 second boss kill??

they bossing for what? ok you can get mesos but you're already strong so whats the mesos for?

when i got to that point, it came to me that i definitely have been wasting my money and time for simply convenience and not fun

soo to you guys out there going for max damage and stuff, nothing really interesting awaits you but dissapointment

grindstory/damagestory/lagstory/younameitstory = fun?? think again
Dec 30 2016
jbumsu Level 176 Khaini Kaiser 4
Depends on the person. Not all are geared the same nor will have the same outcome as those who find a game (like maplestory) and become addicted to it. I personally came back because it still has a nostalgic feel to it and also i can spare the time since im currently on vaca. Some are mentally strong enough to pull out of it or know when to stop playing to pursue or do things they need to do. Some don't have the mental alarm in their brains to stop playing and focus on much more important things. What you said about 3D games and how maple can decrease some functions in your brain when you play is an interesting point but i doubt a person who plays casually is going to suffer from severe side effects(this is ofc just a specific audience). I play EASILY 10-30 hours of OW each week while in semester and out of semester but both games come to one conclusion, fun. All depends on what the player/person is looking to do either it be trying to hit 2bill-2bill damage or have fun, theres too many factors these days to lock into a generic outcome.
Dec 30 2016
chopin Level 177 Scania Hayato 4 See what games, anime & art chopin is intoShinsuke
@jbumsu: 90% are too addicted man, they even say it themselves why they can't stop coming back... its like a drug that they need to get a dose of and most spend $ on marvel machine and all that crap for what?? useless results
Dec 30 2016
kaxi Level 210 Renegades Zero Transcendent
+1 but is it healty when you want to kill yourself because you can't kill Ludwig in Bloodborne?
Dec 31 2016
chopin Level 177 Scania Hayato 4 See what games, anime & art chopin is intoShinsuke
@kaxi: the chance of that literally happening is way smaller than this
Dec 31 2016
wellness Level 199 Mardia Phantom 4 Justaway Guild
@jbumsu: I think if a person studies something more difficult, either mental or physical, and or does other mental tasks, it can off-set and prevent the mental effects and addiction. A menial level of gameplay should be fine then, but as I have said before, the game is geared toward hours of play, so it doesn't seem realistic that people would play for 30 minutes to an hour and also feel rewarded. Overwatch games don't last long, so you can play a few within an hour. It's also more mentally taxing. With the former two, you would be able to feel more rewarded after winning, which you would be able to accomplish in the matchmaking system. Of course, you would want to limit it to prevent addiction, and to reiterate, this may come more easily if you are the type of person who is used to studying and doing other mentally fortifying tasks like sports, strategy games, short bursts of hard 3d games, debate club, music etc. If you're not that type of person and would surely become addicted to maplestory and grinding games like it, I would safely suggest to stay away from them.
Also, I think you could do 4 hours or more like once or twice a week and it should be fine.
@stoker: Thank you for suggesting some games (Quake and Undertale(?). You do seem to have mental fortitude.
@chopin: Thank you. I think you pretty much are hitting the nail on the head, though I don't know how many people actually are addicted.
@kaxi: That person probably hasn't developed mental fortitude in the first place. xD Anyway, Bloodborne is also a great example of the type of 3d game I'm thinking of. You could play it for 30 minutes to an hour, it's difficult and requires focus and hand-eye coordination, and you can actually finish the game. That can help your brain.
Dec 31 2016
jbumsu Level 176 Khaini Kaiser 4
+1 @wellness: @chopin: fair points, i was just trying to say that not all maplestory players are the same but i'm with you guys on those who are just too addicted and spend a fair amount of money where honestly the money you put in will never emit to an equal reward,I see your point though. Also im guessing UT = Unreal tournament which is a shooter similar to quake lol.
Dec 31 2016
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