A Case Study on the Effects of Playing Dota

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The Problem and its Background


There are many students and even some young professional are addicted to Defense of the Ancients or DotA. This is a kind of computer games that can be played by many players and is one of the most popular games to young students. Many students get addicted to this game and they even long hours inside the computer shop just playing this kind of game. There are studies that getting addicted in playing computer games affects their studies and this is the cause why they are lying to their parents that they need extra money for their school project but the truth is they are just using the money to rent a computer where they can play DotA with their classmates. Sometimes in order to make the game exciting, they have a deal to pay those who won the game so it becomes already a form of gambling.

When time spent on the computer, playing DotA games or cruising the internet reaches a point that it harms a child’s or adult’s family and social relationships, or disrupts school or work life, that person maybe caught in a cycle of addiction. Like other addictions, DotA game has replaced friends and family as the source of a person, emotional life. Increasingly, to feel good, the addicted person spends more time playing video games or searching the internet.

When a person spends up to ten hours a day or more rearranging or sending files, playing games, surfing the net, visiting chat rooms, instant messaging, and reading emails. That easily can reach up to seventy to eighty hours a week online with the computer. Major social, school or work disruptions will result.

Background of the Study

Computers, video games, and the internet have become entrenched features of our daily lives. Computer use has reached beyond work and is now a major source of fun and entertainment for many people. For most people, computer use a video game play is integrated into their lives in a balanced healthy manner. For others, time spent on the computer or video games is out of balance, and has displaced work, school, friends, and even family.

Getting addicted to computer games affects the studies of many students and they don’t bother to get serious with their life anymore. All they have in mind is to play DotA and win because sometimes it because of the money involve. There are some cases that this leads to fights when the losing team doesn’t accept the situation or being intimidated by winning team.

Theoretical Framework

Video games addicts are often described by clinicians in the fields as displaying many symptoms characteristic of other addictions (Schilmme, 2002). According to Mary Schilmme, addiction behaviors include failure to stop playing games, difficulties in work or school, telling lies to loved ones, decreased attention to personal hygiene, decreased attention to family and friends, and disturbances in the sleep cycle. Withdrawal symptoms can even include behaviors as severe as shaking (Schilmme, 2002)

Study show that the excitement of video games makes playing them addictive. According to some studies this addictive nature of playing video games is caused by the excitement of the video games. This excitement causes the brain to release a chemical that is, in essence, addictive. Due to the growing concern of video game addiction many addiction services are service able.

In the article Video Game Addiction, Media literacy specialist, Dr. Charles Ungerleider explains that “they’re very compelling with increasing complexity, so a child becomes more facile, yet wants to know more and apply new skills. “While wanting to improve their game isn’t a problem in itself, it becomes one if video games are “taking a youngster away too much from other activities,” says Ungerleider.

Conceptual Framework

Fig.1 A Case Study on the Effects of Playing DotA

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