Former NFL Player Making a Comeback After Overcoming Gaming Addiction
Former NFL player Quinn Pitock is looking to make a comeback after overcoming his videogame addiction, where he was playing games for up to 18 hours a day.
In the summer of 2008, everything seemed right with Quinn Pitcock.
After a solid rookie season with the Indianapolis Colts, Pitcock was viewed as an up-and-coming defensive tackle for a team with Super Bowl aspirations.
The reality was that Pitcock's life had spun out of control.
He spent most of his time in the pitch-black living room of his Indianapolis apartment, eyes fixated on a TV screen as his fingers feverishly pushed buttons on an Xbox controller.
"I'd go to McDonald's for breakfast, order a bunch of food, come home and play for 18 hours into the next day, then crash, sleep for seven hours and do it all over again," Pitcock said.
Four years later, Pitcock, who continues to battle depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and video-game addiction, is with the Orlando Predators.
"I broke about four games in half, burned them, microwaved them, put a torch to them, letting my aggression out to get rid of them," he said. "But the next day, I was at Target buying another game."
This guy sounds like a complete fucking shit pickle. If a grown man is acting out as quoted above in any way I think gaming is the least of his problems. Sounds like he needs a therapist for depression/anger management & some rehab for the steroid abuse.
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Yeah, I don't feel much sympathy for him. He at least has gotten it together to possibly come back. So who cares? We all face and try to conquer our shortcomings. Oh wait, he's a professional athlete so he's somehow more important than Joe-schmoe.
I game with kids online that have ADHD. (I personally think it is a crock of shit, just another excuse for people to use to get out of things), but they play fine, they just have a hard time grasping the objectives. Especially ones that you have to protect, having them sit in one spot in the game is torture.
Usually playing a game for some of them is a release more than anything, because they are allowing their mind to venture and dont realize they are just sitting there in the real world.
It just shows you the ultimate power of what a media source can really do.
Nevermind the bullshit negative press this throws at gaming... what the hell is wrong with this human? I mean, I am only assuming he's human and not some form of man-sloth (which by the way boys and girls, stop going out into the woods to have sex with sloths). This is just puff-journalism to get Pitcock's name out there and generate some buzz for his return at the expense of our recreational interests. Honestly, if I didn't have to make games and had a pile of money I'd sit on my ass all day and play games too. I love games, but that's not an addiction, and science has yet to provide conclusive studies that point to it being as binding or destructive as alcoholism or meth.
Yes, addiction is real, and you can become addicted to just about anything you devote time to... hell, we have wierdos among us who are addicted to tanning. TANNING! The real problem - is how to help people who lack any ability to moderate or exercise self-control. Start with the person, not the thing that millions (if not billions) of people use daily in moderation without incident.
If people were to live without pain, the universe would need to break it's own laws to save us from ourselves.
I'm not a psychologist, but sounds like the "gaming addiction" is an avoidance behavior, and not the underlying problem.
Yeah, video games were clearly the symptom of some specific mental ailment. Oh wait, he had one--depression, which can feature co-morbidity with both social anxiety and obsessive behaviors. I am not a huge fan of the medication of America, but get the man some pills.
How can you claim to have an attention deficit, yet sit in one place doing the same thing for 18 hours? Everyone I know with ADHD is no good with video games past about 10 minutes.
Apparently some people who have ADHD can "hyper focus" on certain things like video games or movies. I know I have the shit and it is totally untreated. I used to be able to play video games for hours on end but its gotten to where I can't play for more than about 30 minutes anymore.
I have no wish to disturb a man sleeping in a gutter; I assume until proved otherwise that he belongs there.