Originally Posted by earlybird
It depends what direction you want to choose. Personally, I think playing any games ultimately wastes time and to say you don't want to get addicted means you do not like the effect playing games has. When you play them in moderation, the effect is less obvious, but still there. Logically, one who does not like getting addicted to them ought to stay away from them completely.
Having said this, though, I am no better. I do occasionally play games, and buy one every couple of years because I am excited about it. Personally I find it ends up in me having to literally throw it away. Everybody's different; would you not being able to play it AT ALL drain your life? When it is released I would suggest not purchasing it and seeing if you're ok with that. Most people would agree that this is the better move in the long run. If you find you want it in the end after trying not to, go with those impulses. At least then it'll be cheaper
I disagree that playing games "wastes time", or at least not ALL games... My interest in historical flight sims and wargames as a kid are what got me into the deep interest in learning about history as it is now! I give most of the credit to the games I got so into (and still do) and also quite a bit to my Dad who is also a history nerd and was a history teacher.
I think some of the more cerebral games out there can exercise your brain as well as reading can, even some of the better RPGs out there (Fallout series, or Planescape: Torment really come to mind) that require you to really think through and plan for consequences before taking action!
If you're talking about stuff such as Halo, then I agree, waste of time. That game is almost solely responsible for the destruction of mainstream computer games IMO