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World of Warcraft has been described by experts as the crack cocaine of the gaming world.

I just saw this a few days ago. I had figured as much anyway, but am trying to revive this part of the site slightly too. :P
An internet computer game has been condemned as being as addictive as cocaine after a teenager who played it 24 hours non-stop had convulsions. World of Warcraft has been hugely successful in capturing the imagination of players by drawing them into a virtual universe of battles and quests. However, it is at the centre of a growing problem of computer game addiction. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Psychiatrist Dr Richard Graham of London's Tavistock Centre said: 'Some of my clients will discuss playing games for 14, 16 hours a day at times, without breaks and without attending to their physical needs. 'For those, the consequences are potentially severe. 'Such prolonged gaming can produce a sort of socially withdrawn figure who may be connecting with people in the game, but is largely dropping out of education and other social opportunities.' --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The warning comes after a Swedish boy of 15 collapsed after playing it for for 24 hours earlier this month. Source.
Only some parts are put here. What are your thoughts on this? Are any of you addicted (and will admit it)?

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    Oh yes, so "addicting". I have over 700 hours logged but I'm not a major addict, hell, I'm not even level 80 yet.
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    Posted by LuntiX

    Oh yes, so "addicting". I have over 700 hours logged but I'm not a major addict, hell, I'm not even level 80 yet.

    700 hours!!!!!! holy fuck
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    I play WoW, I have yet to get addicted.

    Been playin', since before BC, and I've been able to play and stop playing all I want...

    I find this a load of bologna, it's all in the choice of the kid.
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    The most I ever have and ever will play ONE game at a time is 3 hours. I immediately would realise and have realised in the past how long I have been playing and that I need to take a piss or get something to eat or drink. Oh and I had lots of hours logged for WoW on my old Xfire account. I never got past 40. And I played Pre-BC for awhile right up until WOTLC when I quit.

    I don't understand how it is possible to play for 24 hours straight! Let alone 10!
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    Posted by poopoop

    Posted by LuntiX

    Oh yes, so "addicting". I have over 700 hours logged but I'm not a major addict, hell, I'm not even level 80 yet.

    700 hours!!!!!! holy fuck

    And that's not even the most.
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    Posted by NightStalker

    And that's not even the most.

    They need to see this thread. But I doubt that they'd even cut down on their habit.
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    God damn I hate when people do this, saying how addictive WoW is and shit. I bet you're just as addicted to TF2, CSS or COD4.
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    Posted by Banksy

    God damn I hate when people do this, saying how addictive WoW is and shit. I bet you're just as addicted to TF2, CSS or COD4.

    If you read the thread, you'd know that WoW can be addictive. It all depends on the individual.
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    Posted by NightStalker

    Posted by poopoop

    Posted by LuntiX

    Oh yes, so "addicting". I have over 700 hours logged but I'm not a major addict, hell, I'm not even level 80 yet.

    700 hours!!!!!! holy fuck

    And that's not even the most.

    OOOOH MMYY GODDDD
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    Posted by Welshy

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    God damn I hate when people do this, saying how addictive WoW is and shit. I bet you're just as addicted to TF2, CSS or COD4.

    If you read the thread, you'd know that WoW can be addictive. It all depends on the individual.

    Exactly, it depends on the individual, not the game. So why are you blaming the game on being more addictive then cocaine?
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    God damn I hate when people do this, saying how addictive WoW is and shit. I bet you're just as addicted to TF2, CSS or COD4.

    If you read the thread, you'd know that WoW can be addictive. It all depends on the individual.

    Exactly, it depends on the individual, not the game. So why are you blaming the game on being more addictive then cocaine?

    It's not me saying it. Check the source.
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    Honestly I'd rather be addicted to crack.
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    I had played WoW for a long time and quit like 2 weeks after Lich King was released.
    I'm probably going to start playing again because I do miss playing with some of the people I used to play with.
    I have never sat and played the game for more than 2 hours without some sort of break, and I'm not even sure I've done it for that long.
    I might have been somewhat addicted to the game, but not to the extreme where I ignored my social life or other important things.
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    I played it for 15 minuets, and thought it was terrible. D: Could never get into games like this.
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    Posted by BlessTheFallen

    Honestly I'd rather be addicted to crack.

    Because crack is cooler or less expensive than WoW?

    But seriously, I haven't even logged on since last monday and I really don't give a shit. WoW is not addicting, thats like saying people can get addicted to playing football or watching american idol. Its all bullshit, the kids are damn lazy and can't understand the concept of a social life so they play WoW all day and enjoy it so they don't stop. End of story.
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    Id have to agree, theres a lot to do in that game, and its fun :D
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    And those people who don't attend there physical needs are what you call fucking no life losers.
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    It's funny because you guys probably log as much time in CS:S as people do in WoW.
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    I've got about, 2 hours on the game total, ever.

    I'd say it's about as addicting as a bullet wound.
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    Posted by ZeroOrDie

    It's funny because you guys probably log as much time in CS:S as people do in WoW.

    Incorrect.

    No matter how much you play real games, WoW players will still stay up late for days on end doing jack shit except filling their heads with radiation and stupidity. I've only played a game for about 8 hours a day, that was with breaks and everything, I have no i-fucking-dea how these guys do it, but I wish that they could put that much effort into something that will help them in the future.
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    Posted by ZeroOrDie

    It's funny because you guys probably log as much time in CS:S as people do in WoW.

    Incorrect.

    No matter how much you play real games, WoW players will still stay up late for days on end doing jack shit except filling their heads with radiation and stupidity. I've only played a game for about 8 hours a day, that was with breaks and everything, I have no i-fucking-dea how these guys do it, but I wish that they could put that much effort into something that will help them in the future.


    Oh, sorry, I didn't know Counter-Strike was a REAL game, that filled your head with pure knowledge. I mean, you have an active blog on fpsbanana, you're supervising 3 games, and etc. Then you go play some fps all day. What difference is that than playing WoW?
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    Posted by ZeroOrDie

    Posted by Jeffers

    Posted by ZeroOrDie

    It's funny because you guys probably log as much time in CS:S as people do in WoW.

    Incorrect.

    No matter how much you play real games, WoW players will still stay up late for days on end doing jack shit except filling their heads with radiation and stupidity. I've only played a game for about 8 hours a day, that was with breaks and everything, I have no i-fucking-dea how these guys do it, but I wish that they could put that much effort into something that will help them in the future.


    Oh, sorry, I didn't know Counter-Strike was a REAL game, that filled your head with pure knowledge. I mean, you have an active blog on fpsbanana, you're supervising 3 games, and etc. Then you go play some fps all day. What difference is that than playing WoW?

    Counter-Strike may not teach, but it's better than the grindfest that is WoW. Not every match is different, and there are a million better games than CS:S anyway, using CS:S as an example is just silly, it was fun a while ago but now everyone has it any there's no more teamwork involved, it's just another generic FPS now.

    To address your nit-picking:
    1. My blog really only has one or two things game related, anything else is what happened in my life, hardly tied to FPSB or the internet in general.
    2. I supervise 3 games because I was once interested in them and mapped/skinned for them but now half of them are dead and gone.
    3. I have school and various jobs, if I get some free time in the morning, I will play some games, but if I'm REALLY bored, I go out and practice sports and parkour, it's a fuckload more fun than sitting here all day.

    There's 3 reasons why what I do is different, I make something of myself, I don't sit around all day and all night playing a single game and I have much more interesting things to talk about than my level 55 knight elf druit commander-cock-snap.
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    Let me check xfire.

    Me = World of Warcraft 2,338 hours.

    Sweet. I quit that game.
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    in my defense, i leave the wow login screen up when im asleep all night, when im playin css, when im doin...anything, its always alt tabbed. if i played that much straight i wouldnt have time for fpsb @_@ but god..being number 1 is embarrassing all the same
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    The game can't help the kid being retarded.
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    Posted by Semore

    in my defense, i leave the wow login screen up when im asleep all night, when im playin css, when im doin...anything, its always alt tabbed. if i played that much straight i wouldnt have time for fpsb @_@ but god..being number 1 is embarrassing all the same


    Yeppp sure sure, thats what they all say ^.^
    jokes. but jesus you must have like 5 lvl 80's or something.

    LEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOY JENKINS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    lol had to say it.

    yes oh god dam it is addicting, but luckily, i have school,Soccer, that keep me not playing it, if it wasnt for school or soccer my life would be scewed over..... but... im not playing it now!!! but soon i will maybe lol.
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    It's the pve instances that takes time and all the practicing before you can join a decent pve guild.
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    This comes as no surprise to me ^^
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    Im quite the computer addicted rather than the computer "Game" addict. I spend far too much time on it but what else can I do at 6pm onwards since non of my friend live near me and Ive done all my Course Work ect. :(
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    I've played it, not once addicted, it takes a week man to be addicted to this.
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    I dont want to play it so i wont get addicted so i wont waste my time.
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    Posted by MITTLE

    And those people who don't attend there physical needs are what you call fucking no life losers.

    why indeed.

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    Lol nice find Mr. Welsh <3
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    Posted by Semore

    in my defense, i leave the wow login screen up when im asleep all night, when im playin css, when im doin...anything, its always alt tabbed. if i played that much straight i wouldnt have time for fpsb @_@ but god..being number 1 is embarrassing all the same

    I did the same when I was at the top of the whole gametracker list, and then I uninstalled gametracker to to fall back a bit. :p
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    My mum always says "Oh you're always on those damn games" but in comparison to others I'm not. I think the most I've played a game is like 250 hours and that was Counter Strike and I've had that 3 years.

    From my point of view I can't see the big deal with WoW, I guess it's just because I dislike the RPG genre, but then again as it says

    World of Warcraft has been hugely successful in capturing the imagination of players by drawing them into a virtual universe of battles and quests.


    Escape from reality and stress free sessions ftw!
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    700 hours, thats what I get when I've played Guild wars for 3 years xD
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    Posted by Semore

    in my defense, i leave the wow login screen up when im asleep all night, when im playin css, when im doin...anything, its always alt tabbed. if i played that much straight i wouldnt have time for fpsb @_@ but god..being number 1 is embarrassing all the same


    yes oh god dam it is addicting, but luckily, i have school,Soccer, that keep me not playing it, if it wasnt for school or soccer my life would be scewed over..... but... im not playing it now!!! but soon i will maybe lol.


    If you support Manchester United, I think your better off playing WoW all day long.

    Kidding. (Arsenal FTW!)

    Anyhoo... This is why I stick to games like L4D, with 4 small campaigns you get bored after an hour or two and you play again the next day. To be truthful, when I first got L4D I played it over 5 hours straight... So I can't imagine what WoW would do.
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    Posted by NightStalker

    And that's not even the most.

    Holy shit. Semore has played for a total of 129 days. You can get so much done in that amount of time.
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    Posted by dys

    Posted by NightStalker

    And that's not even the most.

    Holy shit. Semore has played for a total of 129 days. You can get so much done in that amount of time.


    That's nothing compared to the amount of time people have been on this forum.

    But still, you could be researching to find a cure for cancer. And probably SUCCEED in that time if you focused the same amount as you do on WoW.
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    I ust to play WoW, its boring after awhile
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    WoW is bullshit, I can't really see why people plays it. At least some can get money playing CS:S or CoD4, but WoW is an addictive and money wasting crap game seriously.
    And if I was someone of the staff I would put some hours per day limit, like 3 continuous hours followed by a pause of one/two hours of total account block.
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