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Posted: Dec 11th 2008 6:46PM Lethality said

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Well, without question - it IS responsible for some college dropouts, yes. Is it the leading cause? No, but she's not saying that.

In a way, even though I am a gamer, I do think it's good to bring attention to the addictive problems some people with with games like this (just as with gambling). Because it can honeslty ruin peoples lives.

Posted: Dec 11th 2008 6:48PM JohnD212 said

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Good God...where do they get this stuff??? Sure..you can stay home and play WoW instead of going to school...but if you're doing that...then you weren't raised right and you aren't very responsible in your life. Lets blame the parents...raising a child is not important in this country. Take responsibility for your children and when they drop out of school...look at why and what you did wrong. Leave the games alone. A country full of victims...pathetic!

Posted: Dec 12th 2008 1:46PM (Unverified) said

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I agree with your sentiment. Personal responsibility is the issue here. Parents don't teach it, schools don't enforce it, kids don't learn it.

Blaming others for you problems is so common today, and leads to an entitlement attitude that actually brings everyone down. There is a Yoda quote in there somewhere, I just can't quite connect the dots ;)
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Posted: Dec 11th 2008 6:48PM (Unverified) said

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I know at least 3 people that either left school or their grades dropped so low they didnt pass the majority of their classes due to everquest 1. This is a old story but ya, it's true. I have never been addicted to anything but gaming, its not so much the games fault as a mental condition that makes focussing my mind on something so totally I don't think about whatever is bothering or depressing me. It is sort of like a emotional break for a few hours at a time, much like I imagine getting really high on drugs is, or getting really drunk for people that deal with those issues in that way. The problem is the temporary escape from worry and sadness is so relieving for someone that is suffering that it does become just as addictive as any drug. Your 3 hour a night "fix" starts to seem so much more glorious when your not plugged in and the world is kicking your butt that you just cant wait to get back too it. It is a social and health care issue, not a fault of games. I know, been there, done that.

Posted: Dec 11th 2008 6:51PM (Unverified) said

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I believe it. I don't think it's WoWs fault, but I believe it.

Posted: Dec 11th 2008 7:40PM (Unverified) said

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Get used to this kind of junk with the incoming administration. Some of you are too young to remember all the crap videogames went through in the 1992-2000 era. Game companies will be in court defending themselves all the time in the next 4 to 8 years.

Posted: Dec 12th 2008 12:50AM (Unverified) said

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Let me draw a line with sigs and booze - soon each game box will have a warning on it "Excessive gaming leads to college drop-outs". :-) It does not lead to quitting. Not in my case at least - I quit smoking after 13 years when I felt sick and tired of it not because of idiotic notices on the packages of my favourite Davidoff that only made such a the beautiful design look ugly.
Personally I have no sympathy for those who dropped out. This is life and you are responsible for setting your priorities in order. I play PC games since I was 14-15 but I control this habit since I have other things which I do not want to lose (of course I played harder when I was younger). But I had a friend who quit university because of Starcraft about 10 years ago. Stupid him. So what? He would fail anyway - perhaps not in PC-gaming but in drugs, stock-trading or gambling because he could not control his desires. It is only you to deal with it not another Big and Smart Brain Washing and Money Laundering Organization.
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Posted: Dec 11th 2008 11:06PM Jesspiper said

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I dropped out of university because it was utterly useless and a waste of time and money. The army taught me ten times more practical knowledge and life skills in half the time.

This is just another blame game tactic so pervasive in our world.

Posted: Dec 12th 2008 1:02AM ultimateq said

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It is definitely possible to become heavily addicted to games.

It is definitely possible to perform poorly at work or school because of these addiction to games.

It is not the games fault that the person becomes addicted to it. It certainly happens a lot. It is because people do not control themselves. Its not because of poor parenting, People in college are grown up and should have some self discipline, regardless of parenting. Its the person's fault for not taking control of the situation.

Posted: Dec 12th 2008 2:01AM (Unverified) said

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Yeah, probably true....

Posted: Dec 12th 2008 5:25AM wjowski said

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Blaming video games for irresponsible man-children who can't keep their priorities straight.

Always classy.

Posted: Dec 12th 2008 10:17AM Solidkjames said

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I guess binge drinking and recreational drug use is not the issue anymore. lol When I was in college the internet was in its early years and we still had plenty of drop outs. People who lack dedication or direction will find anything to pass their time on. Gaming is nothing new its just WoW instead of staying up all night playing Madden while drinking liquor and smoking blunts.

Posted: Dec 12th 2008 10:39AM (Unverified) said

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I usually am up in arms about allegations like these but this on I actually believe. After seeing what WoW has done to enough of my friends (So many dropouts, sooo many) and even myself missing many classes to WoW, I can fully understand how WoW can be blamed.

However that is not to say that WoW is the root of the problem. North Americans have deep personal and sociological issues that need to be resolved, our society is becoming a cess-pool of lazyness and corruption. It's these issues that lead people to their gaming addictions. WoW itself is not inherently bad, it is not the cause, it is just the effect. Take WoW away and something will fill it's place. Solve the root of the problem and WoW won't be an issue. (For example I see so many parrents supporting their kids through all their faliures in life, why not let them pay the piper for their mistakes).

Posted: Dec 12th 2008 10:40AM (Unverified) said

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College dropouts are responsible for college dropouts. The deflection of blame and responsibility is the entire problem, no matter what they happen to be doing instead of studying and going to class.

However, the comment regarding college standards being lowered is quite true - a large number of people simply have no business even going to college, and it just wastes their time and their parents' money.

Posted: Dec 12th 2008 12:11PM pcgneurotic said

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I dropped out of college too, but the only games I had back then were Police Quest and Links 386. I think it was more likely a combination of the boring curriculum outside of my major, and too much weed.

Posted: Dec 16th 2008 3:51PM (Unverified) said

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It's true to some degree. I do think she's over exaggerating the problem but is an existing problem, nonetheless. I say so from experience.

I picked up WoW about a year after its release. It didn't take long for my grades to go downhill and me to start occasionally failing a class My school isn't as punishing on the idea of failing a class (doesn't show up on transcript/GPA) but failing is still failing. It didn't stop me. As I continued playing I found myself skipping classes and failing classes even more often. I found myself having to drop out to get myself straightened out.

A year after dropping out, I got back into school to resume my studies. I still do play WoW somewhat hardcore (raided in a sunwell guild pre-wrath) but I learned a pretty tough lesson on managing priorities. Since I have returned, I've learned how to balance WoW and not fail courses.

I do know a few others who dropped out of college altogether because of WoW. I had the fortunate sense to get back in and finish off my education but I can't say the same for those I know.

So yeah, I do think gaming addiction is a problem but I certainly don't blame Blizzard for it.

Posted: Dec 16th 2008 3:39PM (Unverified) said

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Ok let me get this straight, Wow is to blame for collage drop outs? Are they all crazy or do they just life in the land of make believe? Next they will be saying that rock ’n roll leads to suicide and murder… O wait that happened in the 80,s. Kids shoot himself and the music is to blame because we didn't have GTA back then. Right, ok so now Wow is responsible for collage drop outs. One their insane it’s just something popular, so they take the, it’s got to be bad for you mentality. Two, think I’m kidding about kids shooting themselves in the 80's and 90's? Google it. I hold a 3.58 GPA in AIU, I work, and I have 4 kids one of them is 5 months old and I still get to play 3 hours a day 6 days a week. But people don’t believe it and FCC, shut it, grow up, and do something useful and leave our games alone. I’m sure some of their perfect students that didn’t drop out play Wow, I’d say I’m pretty damn good student not perfect but good. But like anything else it your responsibility and only you are to blame and the government needs to step out, push off and let people grow up.

Posted: Dec 18th 2008 3:53PM (Unverified) said

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This is really all just her opinion. Are there actual statistics to show that a majority of college drop outs are caused by playing Wow? Of course not because there's more then one cause to college students dropping out. I have a 4.0 GPA in college and I play Wow and do homework at the same time sometimes. I mean where did this lady get this idea? Did she just one day say "Hey there are alot of kids playing Wow and college drop out rates have been going up so that must be the cause of it." Like I said just her opinion.

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