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World of Warcraft "as addictive as cocaine"

at 23:14 - 5th, March 2009

Cocaine is a hell of a drug. And so is World of Warcraft, at least according to a Swedish youth organization, which has dubbed the diversion "the cocaine of the computer games world."

The report (which the Youth Care Foundation has not yet formally published), bases its findings on anecdotes from gamers, their parents, and its own observations, not a controlled study that actually compares the effects of playing World of Warcraft vs. the inhalation of powdered cocaine. Nevertheless, the group says that the addictive characteristics of WoW are powerful, with the foundation's Sven Rollenhagen noting, "There is not a single case of game addiction that we have worked with in which World of Warcraft has not played a part." He has also added that the game is "the crack cocaine of the computer game world" and "the most dangerous game on the market."

The foundation runs an addiction treatment center that is one of several that in recent years has expanded to include computer gaming.

To be sure, World of Warcraft has been the center of attention of numerous allegations that it can cause psychological or medical harm to players -- up to and including death. In 2008 a Swedish kid collapsed after playing the game for 20 hours straight. Reports were similarly aghast when one Korean child died while its parents went to a cafe to play the game. And there's plenty more where that came from. For some players, the game certainly does appear so addictive as to require an intervention from someone.

But is it really "as addictive as cocaine?" Well, that's probably just a convenient metaphor... not a literal comparison.

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Deb Deb
News comment 1 | User comment 352 | 8:55 - 6th, Mar 2009

Apparently people have lost their houses and gone bankrupt because they couldn't leave the puter to go to work!!! Nasty stuff... lol

Curt Curt
News comment 2 | User comment 281 | 10:13 - 6th, Mar 2009

It's certainly an addictive game, but I wouldn't equate it anywhere near cocaine. Personally, I don't think it's the game that's the problem, I think it's simply a matter of addictive personalities. Being that 11 million players are playing it, the probability of us hearing about these odd cases of obsession is far greater. On a personal level, I've known a few who were seriously addicted to the game (to the detriment of work and personal life), but they were few and far between, and I don't think it was the game. If they didn't have WoW, they'd be addicted to something else, like gambling, collecting something, etc.

Alex Alex
News comment 3 | User comment 4968 | 10:30 - 6th, Mar 2009

but what was it before wow?
i think the issue is people go in thinking, oh it's just a game, there's no harm done. not like alcohol or even cocaine where they have a bad stigma right now. these kind of deter people from starting to use and then abuse.

now i think it's somewhere in between being an addictive game (i still get urges, then play then get bored rather quickly and stop) and people having addictive personalities.

vikie vikie
News comment 4 | User comment 384 | 10:38 - 6th, Mar 2009

We I think that people can get addicted easily to video games. Its is the equivalent of a good book that you cant wait to turn the next page.

Most games have an "ending" which bring closure and give the possibility to the player "move on" to somrething else.

Problem with WOW is that is no ending and therfore no closure for the player. With Blizzard fueiling the game with new campaign, I can see why this game can get addictive. Especially for secluded people or with lesser social skills.

vikie vikie
News comment 5 | User comment 384 | 10:47 - 6th, Mar 2009

If I ever go for my master degree, I would love to do my thesis on the topic.

Not only on the addictive aspect of gaming but on how it keeps people, especially young men into this state of inertia.

I had this great artcile about it I sent to you alex maybe a year ago by email. cant fidn it anymore. Will have to look for it.

Alex Alex
News comment 6 | User comment 4968 | 11:25 - 6th, Mar 2009

so does that mean i have a very anti-addictive or maybe even a lazy personality? i 'give up' on the game after playing it again for a couple of hours.

i know for sure i'll never pay for it again. rather play online on wowcrack for free.

vikie vikie
News comment 7 | User comment 384 | 12:00 - 6th, Mar 2009

Well i think that you had to choose between me an wow ... so

Alex Alex
News comment 8 | User comment 4968 | 12:03 - 6th, Mar 2009

i'd love to play with you wow ;)

vikie vikie
News comment 9 | User comment 384 | 12:21 - 6th, Mar 2009

maybe when we retire

Alex Alex
News comment 10 | User comment 4968 | 12:34 - 6th, Mar 2009

that'd be awesome, they'd probably have true VR by then, like a holodeck!

Christophe Christophe
News comment 11 | User comment 766 | 12:38 - 6th, Mar 2009


Alex Alex
News comment 12 | User comment 4968 | 13:04 - 6th, Mar 2009

i was thinking more, vr murloc slaying. i hate those fucking things

Deb Deb
News comment 13 | User comment 352 | 21:48 - 6th, Mar 2009

lol.. it is adictive!

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