In the article Beyond Play a New Approach to Games by Thomas M. Malaby talked about how play can be very addictive. He discusses how people have difficulty trying to distinguish between reality of the real world and the virtual reality of play. Through he suggests that individuals become confused and disoriented when they are trying to fine the truth. This probably can have an effect on a person’s mental well-being because they become so consumed by play. Also, one’s love for playing games whether it by video games can possibly take over a person’s body in different ways. First, a person might feel angry if someone tries to stop an individual from playing the game to much. Second, some people might feel anxious or confused because they have probably lost their sense of responsibility in the real world. This probably could have a direct impact on their personal lives because an individual might feel family members and friends are not important. This could also have an effect on one’s career because they might lose their job over playing games. It could also hurt them financially their money would be spent on play. This then could lead to serious problems whereby the individuals cannot often comprehend their issue.
The Malaby talks about how the issue of play has limitations and is not easy understood. He also talks about how the concept of games becomes a habit that has serious harmful effects on people who indulge in this activity. He also talked about how scholars in the social sciences have taken on this issue by trying to find out why people have become attach to gaming. He argues that “the issue of play and its limitations as a metacategory for games merits further comment because at root here is a conceptual habit that has become pernicious not only in scholarship on games but in the social sciences more broadly and in more popular treatments of games currently exploding in number” (Malaby,3). This shows how the issue of play has a direct impact on society and individuals in that environment. Also, those games have become a pernicious habit that it destroys people’s lives and sense of self. Through this, scholars from various disciplines are trying to find a solution which could possibly help people cope.
The work of anthropologists in has contributed to the study of play. He talked about how anthropologists in the 1970s had difficulty to clearly distinguish between play and reality. He argues that “ when anthropologists attempted to study play in the 1970s it was clear from the outset that there were problems with seeing play as a form of activity that is separable from the everyday” (Malaby, 3). He continues to mention that “A number of human societies simply did not make a distinction work and play even when pressed by researchers” ( Malaby 3). This is important because as a society we find it hard to separate play and reality in our everyday lives. Also, that play in the urban space is often interconnected with reality and how we view our given lives. This could probably relate to how researchers had difficulty in separating the two activities. In sum, I feel as a society we need to try to find a solution to help those with this habit.
Malaby, M. Thomas. Beyond Play A New Approach to Games. University of Misconsin Milwaukee: Sage Publications 2007.