Tuesday, March 3, 2009

WoW as Addictive as Cocaine?

A Swedish organization called the Youth Care Foundation report that Blizzard's MMO World of Warcraft (WoW) is dangerous because it is "the cocaine of the computer games world."

In a study on computer game addiction, the Youth Care Foundation has called WoW the most dangerous game in terms of addiction and that "there is not a single case of game addiction that they have worked with in which World of Warcraft has not played a part." In particular, they quote a case in which a Swedish boy was admitted to a hospital after collapsing during a 20-hour World of Warcraft binge last year.

Now I read the Youth Care Foundation deals with forms of addiction but comparing gaming to cocaine is ridiculous. Not to sound uncaring but any idiot who go on a 20 hour binge deserve to be in hospital.

Replace gaming with anything else (exercise, eating, drinking etc) and chances are that the guy will land in hospital. I think this case has less to do with gaming addiction, and more with the boy’s stupidity.

I may not had play World of Warcraft expect for a 10 day free trial, but gaming addiction is something I have doubts about. After all, all the parents need to do is to turn off the switch.

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