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Awesome! And the TVNZ also did a great job on the subject.

@Cam Adair you better get prepared, they are out for your head! (0:52)

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Loved the documentary. I'm amazed with what you've done with your life in such a short time!

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Watched it and I loved it. And to be entirely honest, I love your dad's reaction. He seems to be really happy about the fact, that his son is so full of courage to withstand a world that is so tempting, but instead invests more time and effort into his real life. I also loved that he said, he felt a little guilty about gifting you your first gaming console. Because, I often thought about that. Kids get easily excited and will jump at those things if they are in reach. However, your father could not have known - not at all - how the gaming industry would change over the years. He just had good intentions and that is great.

As said, I just loved your parts of the documentary.

Though one thing came to my mind and I am not sure how to think about it: They showed this female streamer and I felt weird while watching her. Let me explain that: When Alex talked to the journalist, he always looked so natural. His behavior was "well adjusted". Everything he did or said did not really feel staged. The same goes for his dad. But when the girl was being interviewed, I felt that she is lacking many actual social skills. She looked like she felt insecure and she said, that she just wants to be an inspiration to other people. Now what instantly came to my mind was that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Don't get me wrong. I don't want to diminish her or what she does for a living. But I felt like she found a way to replace her real personality with a virtual personality. Like, replacing the real life insecurities with a overly happy and funny virtual her. I had the same thoughts for the part, when she said that she screams a lot and thus would make people laugh. I asked myself, why is that? Might it be because people are sitting in front of their screens, feeling somewhat lonely and would instead love to sit with somebody and laugh and have fun and have a feeling of company? Is her show - and that is what it is afterall, a show - just simulating this feeling? So isn't this basically an inspiration to sit alone and simulate the feelings that you would actually want to have? As said, I am thinking about this. This is not a judgement or something, but it felt so strange to see Alex and then her. He was so entirely natural, so calm and his feelings were so ... I don't know, natural as well. If anybody has any thoughts on that, I would love to read them, because my personal point of view will only limit me.

And again, Alex, what I just watched was heartwarming and extremely motivational. I love it.

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Whoa, you've never said to me that you have a twin that looks just like you! :D

We should talk more often than just 1 time. Despite the time zone!

How have you achieved to be featured on TV? :)

Greetings, Mad Pharmacist

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Thanks everyone, I'm humbled that it resonated with you all so much.

I'm rather busy at the moment so I'll reply to all your comments (and some journals I read) tomorrow or in the next few days, I'm studying at 110% effort at the moment as I have important exams only a week away.

Thanks again for the support guys!

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You're famous now @AlexTheGrape!

Also is regrettable that you story was confronted to the social engineered, outright fake personality of Ms. Twitchtits but hey! At least it was not Doctor "Playing games totally makes you kill your classmates with a katana" or a senile journalist eminence that has not ever seen a videogame. Improvements!

(Absolutely personal opinion, I like the smell of political incorrectness in the morning...)

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Awesome! And the TVNZ also did a great job on the subject.

@Cam Adair you better get prepared, they are out for your head! (0:52)

Thanks! Yeah it's great that TVNZ made an effort to really get into this topic, as it's not known to be an issue by the public in general.

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Loved the documentary. I'm amazed with what you've done with your life in such a short time!

Thanks dude! Yeah there are a lot of activities you can start to replace gaming, and getting on with those have helped me with making a lot of progress during and after my detox attempts.

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Watched it and I loved it. And to be entirely honest, I love your dad's reaction. He seems to be really happy about the fact, that his son is so full of courage to withstand a world that is so tempting, but instead invests more time and effort into his real life. I also loved that he said, he felt a little guilty about gifting you your first gaming console. Because, I often thought about that. Kids get easily excited and will jump at those things if they are in reach. However, your father could not have known - not at all - how the gaming industry would change over the years. He just had good intentions and that is great.

As said, I just loved your parts of the documentary.

Though one thing came to my mind and I am not sure how to think about it: They showed this female streamer and I felt weird while watching her. Let me explain that: When Alex talked to the journalist, he always looked so natural. His behavior was "well adjusted". Everything he did or said did not really feel staged. The same goes for his dad. But when the girl was being interviewed, I felt that she is lacking many actual social skills. She looked like she felt insecure and she said, that she just wants to be an inspiration to other people. Now what instantly came to my mind was that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Don't get me wrong. I don't want to diminish her or what she does for a living. But I felt like she found a way to replace her real personality with a virtual personality. Like, replacing the real life insecurities with a overly happy and funny virtual her. I had the same thoughts for the part, when she said that she screams a lot and thus would make people laugh. I asked myself, why is that? Might it be because people are sitting in front of their screens, feeling somewhat lonely and would instead love to sit with somebody and laugh and have fun and have a feeling of company? Is her show - and that is what it is afterall, a show - just simulating this feeling? So isn't this basically an inspiration to sit alone and simulate the feelings that you would actually want to have? As said, I am thinking about this. This is not a judgement or something, but it felt so strange to see Alex and then her. He was so entirely natural, so calm and his feelings were so ... I don't know, natural as well. If anybody has any thoughts on that, I would love to read them, because my personal point of view will only limit me.

And again, Alex, what I just watched was heartwarming and extremely motivational. I love it.

Hi Robert,

Thanks for taking the time to write a long response, I really appreciate it.

I like your take on my dad’s reactions and thoughts on gaming, it would be similar to a lot of parents out there. There are many hidden costs of investing time in virtual realities and virtual worlds whether they be on TV or in video games, as many can eventually decide they like to spend their time in the virtual world rather than face their real world problems.

I’m really glad you liked the documentary, it seems you took a lot out of it.

I don’t know about the Lorien’s personality, I actually have had zero contact with her, but I agree that it is likely to be partially or mostly acting because her service is entertainment after all. I won’t comment on her level of social skills as that can’t really be judged from a short video, but you could well be right. In any case it could be considered You could be completely right with the streamer, her intentions of being ‘inspirational’ seems to be irrelevant because the most likely things streaming would ‘inspire’ people to do would be to spend more time playing video games, to donate money, and watch her streams. Yep you’re right, playing games IS all about stimulating feelings, as the accomplishments and friends made online simply don’t last when you turn off the computer.

So yes I’d agree that there is a stark contrast in how genuine the streamer and myself seemed, and it might reflect how we approach life in general (i.e. I’m for getting on with real life, she’s for making the most of the virtual world). Of course this is just my opinion, so you can take out of it what you like.

Thanks again for your response, it gave some great points to think about.

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Whoa, you've never said to me that you have a twin that looks just like you! :D

We should talk more often than just 1 time. Despite the time zone!

How have you achieved to be featured on TV? :)

Greetings, Mad Pharmacist

Haha yeah I don’t really need to tell people online that I have a twin though, there’s not much chance of meeting him (especially on this community)!

Yeah sure thing, just let me know when you’d like to talk.

Yes I have aspired to be on TV a little, but I didn’t expect it to be about gaming or it to happen so early in my life! :D

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You're famous now @AlexTheGrape!

Also is regrettable that you story was confronted to the social engineered, outright fake personality of Ms. Twitchtits but hey! At least it was not Doctor "Playing games totally makes you kill your classmates with a katana" or a senile journalist eminence that has not ever seen a videogame. Improvements!

(Absolutely personal opinion, I like the smell of political incorrectness in the morning...)

Haha yes, thanks Hitaru! It's waning already, but I know that my experience will have helped inform a lot of people about video game addiction.

Yeah the contrast might have made me seem dull, but at least my personality was genuine. I agree, it's great that the media in NZ took the time to become informed on what the actual issues are.

Personal opinion and political incorrectness goes well with curry; it makes spicy memes.

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New interview: Cam Adair on The Quaz with Jeff Pearlman

We talk video game addiction (duh), why I probably deserved to be bullied when I was younger (not so duh), what Canadians think about Donald Trump, and whether I would rather lick Mike Tyson's armpit or eat Christina Aguilera's sneeze residue. It's riveting! 

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This interview felt pretty onesided. Like she doesn't wanted to evade more difficult questions and give you a platform to present your ideas. Not that I eisagree in that purpose but  it would benefit the qualtiy of the interview if she asked a more instead of just saying yes and amen to everything you present  ;)

This is ofcourse meant as constructive criticism. I guess she is a freind of you so amybe she can take some insights from outside Feedback.

Ps. She got a cool blog about an important Topic.

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This interview felt pretty onesided. Like she doesn't wanted to evade more difficult questions and give you a platform to present your ideas. Not that I eisagree in that purpose but  it would benefit the qualtiy of the interview if she asked a more instead of just saying yes and amen to everything you present  ;)

This is ofcourse meant as constructive criticism. I guess she is a freind of you so amybe she can take some insights from outside Feedback.

Ps. She got a cool blog about an important Topic.

I hear you. She found me on Twitter and was excited to share about gaming addiction on her blog, so I think her intentions were more just letting me share about the work we do and not so much on asking different types of questions. I tried to share some new ideas in this one that I haven't talked about in other interviews so far. Can only say the same things over and over again so many times. x.x

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