[First of all, am from Chile, so forgive me for my preschool english]
According to the wikipedia, *the Tetris effect (also known as Tetris Syndrome) occurs when people devote so much time and attention to an activity that it begins to pattern their thoughts, mental images, and dreams. It takes its name from the video game Tetris.*
Am a veteran gamer (not that old, am 31), I’ve played videogames since the 80’s. From Atari 2600 to the recent gen, everything has gone through these hands. However, I only remember one time, one game, that made me suffer the syndrome described above: Tetris.
It lasted only a couple of months, but during that time I saw Tetris everywhere, at the school, during holydays even when dating a girl. So, for the sake of my sanity, I stopped playing.
Three years ago I met Borderlands, and God, it was awesome! Specially now that am married with children, because I use the game as an anti-stress therapy (I have a very stressful job), and it works because am a very chilled guy, always with a smile on my face.
Then I realized that I’ve not played anything else other than Borderlands, Borderlands 2, TPS and TFTBL during the last 3 years.
Obviously I don’t play when I go on vacation with my family or when going on a trip, but I always find the way to play at least one hour a day. (Best argument ever: "Honey, 'm gonna be on my desk, please take care of the kids, so much work to do!)
However, during the last three days I have not been able to play because of my stressful job, and I noticed that during these few days am keep thinking about the game, my builds, weapon parts, raid bosses, runs, set-up, etc. Damn, Tetris Effect strikes back.
I know I should stop playing, but... Damn, this game is good!