Mar. 3rd, 2009

valkyrieza: (bbt - geek penny)
World of Warcraft: The 'crack cocaine' of gaming
by Chris Matyszczyk

  We all have addictions, small or large. They toy with us. They ruffle our hair, whisper in our ear, slip their hands down our shirts, and tickle us just the way we like it.

Among gamers, a key addiction, according to Sweden's Youth Care Foundation, is playing World of Warcraft.

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The foundation says that in 2007, it received 2,000 calls to its addiction helpline, 170 of which concerned computer games. Presumably, all 170 calls involved World of Warcraft. Would it be fair to ask how many of the 2,000 involved crack?

I personally like this comment from the Digg site: "They confuse correlation with causality... AGAIN. Over ten million people play that game, it's bound to come up in problem cases more than the average game."
 
There is no such thing as a 'good' addiction. Replacing "World of Warcraft " or any other 'addictive' game with say sport, will merely make you a more fitter addict.  There is such a thing as analysing and addressing your problems, playing around on a PC for 10-15 hours a day is primarily a symptom, not a cause. 

P.S.  On a lighter note. How else would we get our elite armour sets? :)


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