Posted by Willful on June 4, 2012, at 10:56:50
In reply to Does anyone play video games to help mood?, posted by Raisinb on June 3, 2012, at 15:44:01
I played Second Life, which isn't a game so much as a platform for conversation and getting to know some people a little in a vitual reality world interface. At times, it's been something I did for hours, and it was intensely helpful for anxiety, loneliness, and general sense of emptiness.
I dont' know that I felt that it make me more depressed, but maybe playing a more conventional game would have. I looked briefly at World of Warfare, but I just think the amount of time I would put into it would defeat that purpose--and you always are striving to achieve a new goal, I guess, so I would reexperience a lot of hope/disappointment about achieving goals. In SL, to the contrary, you can at least develop some social skills-- without it's being goal-oriented, or hooking you into competitive activities.
Which games do you play?