The only requirement for CGAA membership is a desire to stop computer/video gaming. Only you know whether or not you have this desire. You are a member if you say so.
You don’t have to worry about calling yourself a member or a gaming addict just yet. You are welcome to attend the meetings and take all the time you need to decide what you will do.
We do not have to call ourselves addicts. “Addiction” is a heavily loaded word and some of us understandably shy away from it initially. Most members of CGAA have admitted to an obsession and compulsion to game, which grows worse over time, and an inability to limit our gaming, despite the negative consequences. The word in the English language that most closely describes our condition is “addiction,” which most of us use, for lack of a better word. Each of us is free to describe the condition of obsessive compulsive gaming in any words we choose. The important thing is to get honest with ourselves about our situation and deal with it. The exact labels we use are not so important.
Which types of activities fall under computer and video gaming and which do not? We strongly suggest avoiding all forms of electronic entertainment that are continuously interactive, but leave this distinction to each individual. While many of us have preferred online video games, we have also had problems with console games, single-player, solitaire and puzzle games, website games, virtual avatar games, computer gambling, and most other forms of interactive electronic entertainment. We have no rules and leave it to you to decide whether or not you meet our only requirement of having a desire to stop computer/video gaming.