Saturday, 6 November 2010

How to combat Minecraft Addiction

I've noticed a lot of attention has been drawn to this new and serious condition, also known as MCA. I have personally suffered from it in the past and you or someone you know may even be suffering from it right now. Unfortunately many people who have contracted the the condition do not even recognise the signs and symptoms of this serious disease.

To help you recognise if you, your partner or any of your friends may be suffering from this affliction here are some foolproof indicators of Mincraft Addiction:

1 - Creating paper-craft models of minecraft animals
2 - Watching minecraft videos on youtube
3 - Thinking in 3D
4 - Playing Minecraft

If you or anyone else you know of have participated in any of the above activities then please, first and foremost, stay calm. The worst thing you could do is go away and panic by, for example, deleting minecraft from your computer. Going cold-turkey is NOT reccomended!

Obviously there are various help centers out there to assist in overcomming addiction to Minecraft but I understand that many out there are tough enough and committed enough to beat this on their own! That's why I have compiled this guide on how to do just that.

1 - Keep playing minecraft
Everyone knows the best way to get over something is to keep doing it. This works with any addiction such as computing, drugs, sailing, alchohol, bejeweled, you name it!

Eventually you'll just get bored of whatever it is and move on, don't feel bad it happens to us all.

2 - Stop playing minecraft
After all, continuing to do something won't help you fix your addiction right? This stands to reason and cutting off your supply of adictives is a proven method of, well, just getting over it!

Try renaming minecraft.exe to DontRunMe.Txt, or even better: try to update it on a Friday - either of these methods have been proven to stop minecraft from working.

3 - Get a new, more powerful addiction
Like, say, trampolining or maybe stamp collecting...or if you're brave, girls!

Aside from being a distraction to minecraft (or in the case of girls, a distraction to everything) it will be a healthy new activity for you to be obsessed with. Remember don't do drugs!

4 - Solitary confinement
Sometimes it's best to get away from it all, to run away from the pressures of not playing minecraft. Therefore another way to get over your addiction is to craft a few iron pickaxes and keep digging down and down and down and down.

Then sit there in that hole. Doing Nothing. For an hour. Every day.

How interesting is Minecraft now eh? Eh?

Conclusion
I'm happy to say that by reading this guide you've already made your first progressive steps towards combatting your minecraft addiction and are no longer excited about any new features that Notch has or will be mentioning from now on. Like the new Biomes, or the idea of single-player story/adventure modes or people creating levels for others to play. You now know that this is nothing to get floopy over.

You now also know that views like this


are nothing to be impressed by or pleased with. This level was generated for me the other day which was the first time I've played in weeks after overcoming my minecraft addiction some time ago. I'm glad to say I felt no sense of awe or wonderment and only decided to climb the mountain infront of me to prove a point. What point? Well to show that I didn't care that I could climb such a wonderful blocky mess of a mountain. And when I looked at the view from the top, after a long and dangerous climb I almost cried with the feeling of achievement boredom that crept over me.

I'm glad I'm cured, and even gladder that you too will soon be free of this terrible afflication.

*For the full "Get UN-addicted to minecraft" course which contains all 15 video DVDs, the paper-craft minecraft-sacraficial altar, an "I destroy mountains" badge and your free sponge please send enquiries to iloveandhateminecraft@pc-games-and-reviews.com*

12 comments:

  1. I found a cure 2 days ago on accident. It was my first excursion into the nether, and like an idiot I still had all useful things in my inventory. About 30 seconds in, one of those Ghast blast the floor out from under me and I plummet into LAAVAAA! I'm cured! At least for a little while.

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  2. In all seriousness I don't think there is a cure for minecraft, a bit like there isn't one for WoW for some people. It's a case of not playing if you don't want to get addicted!

    I've decided to leave it for a while if I can, when there's more of an aim to the single-player I'll probably give it another go. Building stuff is just so much fun though!

    You built any huge structures?

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  3. I was really addicted to this game when i first played it. not so much anymore. its still crazy though. I can only imagine what it will be like when its complete and fully polished. (maybe near the end of 2012?)

    The entire world will be addicted to it...

    Wait a second end of 2012!? Oh my gosht he maiyans predicted minecraft.

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  4. Nothing fancy, a big glass tower, some strange forward leaning dirt castle thing with lava spewing from the top. I did build a bridge out of cobblestone that spanned across the ocean to another land, that took a while. My second big home structure was inside a mountain. It had various large rooms with waterworks, a secret passage to my metal storage room, all kinds of paintings. I dug a hole clear out to the top, every once in a while a monster or animal would come crashing down in and die. Also, cactus defense. Dammit, I think I want to play it again.

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  5. @TvEnthusiast, I think you're right! Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palenque that could only ever have been designed in minecraft!

    @Brent, cactus defense? wossat?!

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  6. Yes, cactus defense! If you don't have any lava to moat up your home, just plant cacti all outside your entrances. Since it grows fairly fast, you can easily generate defense. You'll know it working when some poor creature howls rapidly as they are bounced between cacti. That burning rock from the nether is a nice defense also, stick some in the ground and light it on fire.

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  7. A cure to Minecraft = Roller Coaster Tycoon!

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  8. Im on minecraft like 6 hours a day. I just make the same thing over and over but no matter how bored it makes me, I always end up going back to it after 30 mins. WHY NOTCH, WHY DID YOU MAKE IT SO ADDICTING. THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN.

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  9. I have a way to get past addiction that sometimes happens to me accidentally. It may not work in minecraft at well, but in other games, If I want to FORCE myself to stop playing a game, I'll go and do something really big, like beat a hard boss, or beat the final dungeon etc, not save, and then turn the game off, so that you lose all of your progress. Whenever that happens to me, I just want to stop playing the game and it stops me from being addicted. For minecraft, I guess you could get a bunch of diamonds or something and jump into lava. That might do the trick...

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  10. this game is incredibly addictive. i started playing normal SP, after this i built a huge tree (and had great success, 46,000 views on utube D:)
    so i kept building things . A while ago i started a server and now im f*king addicted! i dont want to leave my server alon and at the same time want to leave this game forever... dont know what to do!

    utube channel: the3rdnumber
    server ip: 46.105.108.11:25609

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  11. My comment: was so big I split it.
    Another thing that could be added to the list of foolproof indicators is viewing and/or editing the Minecraft Wiki. I think one of my friends mentioned Minecraft the game once or twice after I had overcome my gaming addiction a few months ago (Mainly on Terraria previously XD), and I gradually became interested in the Wiki. (Oh I had played Minecraft previously but didn't get that far/addicted into it, just a dock/harbour and explored an abandoned mine) Viewing nice tutorials in the Wiki and info about exotic items/blocks made me want to implement/obtain these in Minecraft.

    Well gradually, after a week or so of viewing Wiki pages, I decided to enter the world of Minecraft once again. I even joined a server this time and now I am pretty addicted. Even though no one else in my faction on the server does that much every time I am offline, I still feel like going back and checking on new stuff on a daily basis even if there is nothing new. Sometimes I would spend maybe 7 hours or so on the server and build some nice farms and visit other factions and stuff, but the time spent in SMP isn't as efficient as what you could achieve in 7 hours in single player, mainly because it takes longer to get obtain most items in SMP, and other issues such as lag and connection.

    I also tried out some flying and map mods at this time, as the server allowed some of them. After Coolio G's Fly mod just left me taking fall damage (and dying) if I landed at a lower altitude regardless of the location, I decided to install Zombe's Mod Pack, of which the flying mod worked very well. I didn't really experiment around with all the other mods (thankfully) or I'd be addicted to using those as well.

    I have shown signs of slightly releasing my addiction on Minecraft as I contemplate the benefits of spending hours in SMP as I said above. However yesterday, I literally blew it as I had some school assessment due and decided not to get too addicted on Minecraft and SMP today. But then I still opened up Minecraft and messed around with single player. Man I went over the top. The addicted part of my mind decided it would be a good time to build a quarry, even after I had just told myself that I would just spend "a while" on Minecraft and get back to work. Well I did spend just "a while" on it. I spent probably 4+ hours digging down and down, creating stairs and chests and fences and stuff for my 12x12 quarrry, mining up around a stack of iron, until I got to a natural cave.

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  12. Another thing that could be added to the list of foolproof indicators is viewing and/or editing the Minecraft Wiki. I think one of my friends mentioned Minecraft the game once or twice after I had overcome my gaming addiction a few months ago (Mainly on Terraria previously XD), and I gradually became interested in the Wiki. (Oh I had played Minecraft previously but didn't get that far/addicted into it, just a dock/harbour and explored an abandoned mine) Viewing nice tutorials in the Wiki and info about exotic items/blocks made me want to implement/obtain these in Minecraft.

    Well gradually, after a week or so of viewing Wiki pages, I decided to enter the world of Minecraft once again. I even joined a server this time and now I am pretty addicted. Even though no one else in my faction on the server does that much every time I am offline, I still feel like going back and checking on new stuff on a daily basis even if there is nothing new. Sometimes I would spend maybe 7 hours or so on the server and build some nice farms and visit other factions and stuff, but the time spent in SMP isn't as efficient as what you could achieve in 7 hours in single player, mainly because it takes longer to get obtain most items in SMP, and other issues such as lag and connection.

    I also tried out some flying and map mods at this time, as the server allowed some of them. After Coolio G's Fly mod just left me taking fall damage (and dying) if I landed at a lower altitude regardless of the location, I decided to install Zombe's Mod Pack, of which the flying mod worked very well. I didn't really experiment around with all the other mods (thankfully) or I'd be addicted to using those as well.

    I have shown signs of slightly releasing my addiction on Minecraft as I contemplate the benefits of spending hours in SMP as I said above. However yesterday, I literally blew it as I had some school assessment due and decided not to get too addicted on Minecraft and SMP today. But then I still opened up Minecraft and messed around with single player. Man I went over the top. The addicted part of my mind decided it would be a good time to build a quarry, even after I had just told myself that I would just spend "a while" on Minecraft and get back to work. Well I did spend just "a while" on it. I spent probably 4+ hours digging down and down, creating stairs and chests and fences and stuff for my 12x12 quarrry, mining up around a stack of iron, until I got to a natural cave.

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