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Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Addictive, Life-Destroying Games

Felix Kemp
Top Ten, Top Ten Tuesdays

For most of us, gaming is a beloved hobby, downtime between the necessity of work and the banality of life. For others, it's a profession, be it as a programmer, artist or - like us - journalist. But all of us, no matter our involvement, can deny we've been chewed up and spat out by all manner of addictive, life-destroying games; the type of experiences that we just cannot tear ourselves away from, sitting up into the early hours of the morning blinking at the screen with bloodshot eyes, surrounded by cups of stale coffee and microwavable snacks.

And so, in honor of these titles, we thought we'd collect a cautionary list of the ten you should steer clear of the most!

10. Pokemon

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Addictive, Life-Destroying Games

Gotta' catch 'em all, right? So true. Pokemon created a hundreds strong roster of elemental critters bred to fight for their life and safety, and then told us to catch them all in an egg-sized prison. Awful ethics, but an addictive formula. I spent hours, days, weeks, months and eventually years of my life wandering Pokemon's top-down world for all 150. Little did I know the number would balloon to upwards of four hundred!

9. Peggle

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Addictive, Life-Destroying Games

When I first saw Peggle, I was a little underwhelmed. It's just a puzzle game, I thought. Slowly but surely, however, I began to learn the rules, and began yelping instructions and screaming in terror intermittently. Then it dipped into slow-motion, sparks and glittering motes of glorious light flew in every direction, and I knew I had a new addiction to contend with.

8. Tetris

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Addictive, Life-Destroying Games

Tetris, I hear you cry, isn't that like a hundred years old? You still plays a hundred year-old games? Well for one, it's only 26, and despite it's old age - for a videogame - Tetris continues to delight and astound us with its puzzling quest for geometrical perfection. It was one of the first games I had on my chunky Gameboy, and I remember squinting at the dusty, grey-green screen as I sussed out appropriate slots for my shapes. I still whip it out, now and again. Tetris I mean.

7. Guitar Hero

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Addictive, Life-Destroying Games

I'm not much of a 'rock' guy, myself, but I loved Guitar Hero. I played it so much in the first year of university I had curled, wizened Guitar Hero Hand Syndrome. I didn't even enjoy the songs much or the 'rocking out', I just liked hitting multiple notes in succession and being told I was good at something. What can I say?

6. The Sims

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Addictive, Life-Destroying Games

We all loved The Sims? Come on, admit it. We've all got together, created our family or social group or whatever, thrown a few crazy hair styles around and then plunked them in a ridiculous house that looks like the twisted offspring abode of Ikea and the Playboy Mansion. Then we've grown bored, wandered off only to come back and find someone's started a fire and an alien abducted Mike.

5. Call of Duty

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Addictive, Life-Destroying Games

I hate Call of Duty. I hate how it's every facet is tailored towards catering for the majority. I hate how it's so intent on rewarding you for every little thing you do. I hate how, despite being around for five, six years, it's still crawling with prepubescent racists and homophobes with insecurity issues. And yet, if you check out my stats online, you'll see I play it a lot. A really lot.

4. Windows Games

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Addictive, Life-Destroying Games

Pinball, Hearts, Minesweeper and, oh yes, Solitaire. The bane of the working man's existence. If you have a PC. The amount of times I've glimpsed workers in offices building up their decks rather than finishing that spreadsheet on their desktop. And I must admit, before I moved onto greener pastures - yes I'm a pretentious Mac user - I'd play Solitaire for hours on end. Still can't for the life of me understand Minesweeper, though.

3. Bethesda Games

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Addictive, Life-Destroying Games

Between the Elder Scrolls games and Fallout titles, I think Bethesda owe me about two years of my life back! I've wandered Tamriel for hours on end, despite the poor combat and horribly disfigured populace. I've trekked across the barren wastes of DC and the Mojave, drinking irradiated water and putting up with endless crashes and glitches. And why? Well because they make good games. And I obviously have a major problem.

2. World of Warcraft

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Addictive, Life-Destroying Games

South Park might have satirized World of Warcraft's degenerative appeal, but make no mistake it's a game that can truly ruin your life. But bring you lots of loot in the process! Blizzard have crafted an experience that some simply can't resist, who'll sacrifice their hard-earned money, time and well-being to conquer Azeroth. I sincerely hope they don't deal with intestinal trouble like Cartman does.

1. Football Manager

Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Addictive, Life-Destroying Games

Eight hours into an all-night session of Football Manager, my all-conquering Arsenal team trailing at half time to a freak goal courtesy of newly promoted Crystal Palace, I began to give my players a team-talk. I didn't press a button or pull down a tab. I spoke, with my own vocal chords, to a static screen of icons, names and orders. I had gone mad. And I blame Football Manager; because it's easily the most addictive game I've ever played.

Lost your life to one particular videogame? Don't be shy, we won't judge. Just leave it in the comments section and we'll counsel you on ways to break free. Believe us. We're professionals.

Add a comment13 comments
Johnno  Mar. 1, 2011 at 19:29

Diablo 2

Me  Mar. 1, 2011 at 19:30

Of all the games out there why did you select 10-8??? And Football Manager is your #1, talk about boring, holy crap that should be like #5,952.

Syzable  Mar. 1, 2011 at 19:43

I agree with Peggle, Tetris & Football Manager but don't care much for the others i have to say. I'd have added Angry Birds and Geometry Wars to that list.

Jonathan Lester  Mar. 1, 2011 at 20:24

Puzzle Quest, anyone? That game RUINED ME.

nesvarbu  Mar. 1, 2011 at 20:28

THe most addictive of all times was... Lineage 2.. crazy stuff

jnestor  Mar. 1, 2011 at 20:48

I had a BAD problem with Roller Coaster Tycoon 1 & 2.

JS100  Mar. 1, 2011 at 21:40

Civilization is the most addictive.

Daemon  Mar. 1, 2011 at 21:52

Monster Hunter series are quite addicting. Also, Crimsonland. That game ate a sizeable portion of my waking hours.

Chris Lord  Mar. 1, 2011 at 23:44

No Minecraft? I can see that being a life-destroyer...

Matt Gardner  Mar. 2, 2011 at 03:08

I've encountered people from all walks of life who refer to Football Manager as the GSCE/A-level/Degree/Career/Marriage/Relationship Killer (delete as applicable).

Minecraft is a very good new pretender to topple the established names on this list.

Sadly I have to add Halo to my own personal list. The insidious nature of Bungie.net, the endless logged stats, videos, screen snaps...the 'just one more game' syndrome. Reach is still the game I turn to for a quick half hour blast at the end of the day.

Aelynn  Mar. 2, 2011 at 08:15

Any MMORPG, really. Not just WoW. Once you start planning your week-ends around raids, you know something is wrong.

MattyPlant  Mar. 2, 2011 at 08:57

Id have to add BF BC2 to that list. Trying to get gold on all weapons, then trying to get all platinum has done me a bit lol

The recently discovered Peggle put me in a two hour sesh of utter fun, and pain!

And like number 1 on this list, Football Manager! In 2003 i tore three discs in my spine and had menegitis. As you can tell i was bed bound, so i took me team to the year 2023. Nuff said lol

Peter  Mar. 2, 2011 at 17:18

I once had Fifa 2005 for Gamecube and actually got addicted to it. I don't think I played much else for over a year. I tried so hard to finish the season mode, inbetween university lectures, essays and gigs. It wasn't until the Gamecube was lent out to someone the spell was broken and I realised what it ment to play proper video games again.

Totally agree with Guitar Hero as well, that game had me for a while too.


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