Monday, September 08, 2008

Grand Theft Auto

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I've been running low on sleep for the past few weeks or so. I've been staying up late until 1am to 2am playing Grand Theft Auto Liberty City and Vice City.

This game is really highly addictive. Everyday i'm a zombie at work and on weekends.

My 5-year-old son is hooked on it too. Even though he doesn't really know how to play the game. He's never even fulfiled a single mission before. He's always running around and taking the subway train instead of driving. Getting busted by police and wasted.

Found some cheat codes on the internet and got some free money, free weapons, free health, etc. Ha, ha, ha...! :D It's really fun to cheat. Becos even with all this cheating, i still get busted and wasted every now and then. It just goes to show the game is not really easy to play. Either that or the fact of the matter is i completely suck at playing such games.

The good thing about playing it on the handheld PSP instead of Xbox or PS3 is the battery will always run flat after a few hours. Then i would have no choice but to charge the PSP and go to sleep.

Just read a few days ago that a hardcore teenage gamer's record at playing such video games non-stop is 22 hours. I'm sure there are those who have even gone beyond that.

This begs the question: How does a hardcore gaming addict get rid of and overcome his seemingly incurable and overwhelming addiction?


Blogger Lunch is Served! said...

Gee... my brother clocked 20 odd hours playing World of Warcraft. He was so wasted during the day that his boss thought he was on drugs or something. LOL!

Monday, September 8, 2008 at 2:42:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

i presume your brother has long overcome his gaming addiction heh? :) How did he do it? Did he go cold turkey? :)

Monday, September 8, 2008 at 3:02:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Snake said...

Took me many months to complete GTA vice city on my laptop a year ago. Well I'm addicted to it but after awhile I'm bored playing the game.

I pissed off the police so much until I get 6 star wanted. Lol stealing a tank is one thing but running from the army who's constantly chasing after your ass is another.

Say this game has a lot of violence scene why did you let your son play this? This game can change his behaviour.

Monday, September 8, 2008 at 11:59:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Snake: If you took months to complete GTA Vice City, i think i would probably take more than a year if i really want to complete all the difficult missions and stages of the game :p But chances are: I would just quit trying if i get stuck in some very difficult mission where i keep getting busted or wasted :p i didn't know GTA is also availabe in PC format :p

i agree that GTA is violent and shouldn't be played by a 5-year-old kid. But since my son doesn't know how to play. He doesn't even complete the very 1st simple mission of driving to meet Phil, the old gangster.

So he doesn't get to the really bloody and violent parts. Becos each time he gets a gun, he just shoots out all the bullets and wastes them. He doesn't know how to take aim at people and shoot them :p

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 10:47:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Snake said...

Oh I never complete all of the side mission just some side mission like the hitman mission and the main storyline. Side mission isn't easy and it's time consuming.

Many people criticise this game of being too violence and some under 18 teens end up being one of them.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 1:01:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Snake: I agree with you the side missions can get very draggy indeed.

Despite the fact that it's heavily criticised for its excessive casual violence, it's a hugely popular game and loved by both gamers and critics :p

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 9:22:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Snakey snake said...

I love this game but sometimes I play too much until I act like one of the mafia in real life. Anger problem I mean.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 1:18:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Snake: I love the game too and it's causing me to run low on sleep every night :p Everyday like zombie at work :p

Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 10:14:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Snakey snake said...

That means you're addicted to it don't worry after few weeks you feel bored at playing the game.

Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 11:34:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Snake: You're right. i'm already beginning to feel bored becos there are just certain missions which i just can't pass no matter how matter times i try it :p

Like racing on a motorbike on the train track. Virtually impossible to do it within the time limit without falling off the track :p And collecting money from the prostitutes too. Just couldn't finish doing it within the time limit given :p

Friday, September 12, 2008 at 9:03:00 AM GMT+8  

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