We start this bi-monthly meeting of TSTO Anon with a random fact found on the internet: 7-11% of all gamers suffer from “pathological” behavior. Jeesh… glad we only allow 89% of tappers on this site, right?
Here at Addicts, we are well aware that some people “enjoy” the game a skoshi more than others. Whether it’s scheduling tasks, cursing EA or reading blogs about a game we play “four times a day”, serious fans of TSTO may exhibit some classic abuse or addict behavior. What might that behavior be? Well, I perused some popular addiction websites and found some information which may just show you that denial is much more than a river in Egypt.
With a URL of TSTO Addicts… we take addiction to this game very seriously. We know the game is “life-ruiningly fun” and hope to help other tapperinos before their lives are seriously affected by this most righteous of games. We submit this 12 step program that we believe will help all tappers with this addiction:
Step One: (HONESTY) We admitted we were powerless over The Simpsons Tapped Out—that our game had become unmanageable.
Step Two: (FAITH) Came to believe that the programmers at EA, a power greater than ourselves, could restore us to sanity.
Step Three: (SURRENDER) Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of the EA programmers as we understood Them.
Step Four: (SOUL SEARCHING) Made a searching and fearless inventory of our decorations.
Step Five: (INTEGRITY) Admitted to EA, to ourselves, and to other tapperinos the exact nature of our addiction.
Step Six: (ACCEPTANCE) We’re entirely ready to have EA remove all the glitches from the game.
Step Seven: (HUMILITY) Humbly asked EA to remove the glitches.
Step Eight: (WILLINGNESS) Made a list of all characters we had used, and became willing to make amends to them.
Step Nine: (FORGIVENESS) Made direct amends to such characters wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or just not make any sense.
Step Ten: (MAINTENANCE) Continued to take a game inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Step Eleven: (MAKING CONTACT) Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with EA as we understood them, praying only for knowledge of future updates and when to expect them.
Step Twelve: (SERVICE) Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other tapaholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
The authors of TSTO Addicts sincerely hope this program is helpful to us all. We close this meeting of Tapped Out Anonymous with the Serenity Prayer: “EA, grant me the serenity to accept the updates I cannot change, the courage to recommend the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”