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Posted: Feb 27th 2009 9:15AM Tom in VA said

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Why couldn't you have just titled this article "World of Warcraft as addictive as cocaine?" and leave it at that.

Tacky work here, Massively. :(

Posted: Feb 27th 2009 9:18AM (Unverified) said

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Yo Massively... wtf is up with the language? I don't come to this site to see a ton of cussing coming from the authors...

Leave it as "World of Warcraft as addictive as cocaine?"

Why the hell would you add "BULLSHIT" to the end of the title...?

Posted: Feb 27th 2009 9:21AM (Unverified) said

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Must be my Australian blood at work. We tend to much more colorful language in polite conversation. Objection noted, though.

Posted: Feb 27th 2009 9:24AM (Unverified) said

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@Tateru Nino

I thought this was an AMERICAN website... Americans do not tolerate language like this coming from websites, unless its a porn site or something...

Take your Australian rage and start blogging for another website as your are giving this one a bad reputation...

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Posted: Feb 27th 2009 9:26AM (Unverified) said

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What rage?
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Posted: Feb 27th 2009 9:30AM (Unverified) said

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Rage meaning the bad language you titled this article with... There was nothing related in the article to have the title include "BULLSHIT"

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Posted: Feb 27th 2009 9:39AM (Unverified) said

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I thought that rage meant 'anger'. In any case, the intended translation is "Good heavens! A silly and/or erroneous claim or statement!"

But the word "silly" can be a bit offensive in some cultures, don't you think?
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Posted: Feb 27th 2009 2:02PM Its Utakata stupid said

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@ Comment #4

Someone send David a copy of the complete works Penn & Teller's *Bullshit*...and he'll see how Americans really speak.

More on topic...

I believe video gaming "addicition" is not actually an addiction in the classic term...but rather symptoms of obsessive behaviors. I think this distinction should be made.
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Posted: Feb 27th 2009 9:25AM UnSub said

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"Maybe you've been out winning an Oscar or running for office in any one of a number of legislatures."

... because those guys and girls never do cocaine and keep working. Hmm.

Posted: Feb 27th 2009 9:30AM (Unverified) said

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What's with the "BS" bullshit?

That's cocking cheap. Completely frigging unacceptable to self-arsing-censor yourself just to avoid upsetting some pissflapping arsebiscuits who get twatting offended by "bad" chunting language.

Minge.

Posted: Feb 27th 2009 9:39AM Holgranth said

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The article IS bulltshit there is no other discriptive term........ its some computer game hating ass hole reports skewed version of the facts......

IMO the games themselves are not the problem behind MOST gaming "addictions". The people who are "addicted" are just hiding on them to get away from their miserable lives.

This causes thier lives to get worse so they play more and get pissy when somone tries to take the game away.

Thats a bit of an oversimplification BUT I see lots of eveidence to support it.

Of course its so much easier for people to Blame the game vs facing up to the fact that they have other problems.

Just say "(Insert game here) ruined my life with its addicting gameplay" vs having to face up to the fact and say "I ruined my life by trying to hide from it."

Or to say "My 30 year old sun went from being a sucessful business man to being a depressed miserable person and I blame the depression on his gaming addiction"

More like the depression caused the addiction which caused more depression.......

Posted: Feb 27th 2009 9:45AM (Unverified) said

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There are theories that boys don't suffer eating disorders in the way girls do, due to games...

Eating disorders in girls are often based around control. At a young age you have little control over what goes on in your life and few freedoms, so controlling your eating - or more specifically in situations involving bulemia - gives girls (particularly) something they CAN influence that their parents cannot control.

The theory goes that fewer boys suffer from these disorders because for them, videogames give them the escape/control they require. Their parents "don't understand" them, so for the kid, it's something only THEY control.

That's the theory, anyway.

Oh and...

"gunky flange."

Posted: Feb 27th 2009 10:29AM Holgranth said

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I'd say that is a very plausible theory.
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Posted: Feb 27th 2009 9:48AM (Unverified) said

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A reader sent this in as well, and it makes for an interesting perspective:

http://thelastpsychiatrist.com/2008/12/is_internet_addiction_really_a.html

Posted: Feb 27th 2009 10:10AM Cendres said

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**bookmarked** !! Thanks :)
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Posted: Feb 27th 2009 10:09AM Cendres said

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I think this study needs a study.

O.o Also FFXI is scary addictive, I wonder why there has never been a study on that game, oh wait maybe because it's never reached WoW's massive popularity.

Posted: Feb 27th 2009 10:31AM (Unverified) said

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I'm a WoW addict, but oddly enough I do get burned out every so often. How can a person burn out of an addiction? Thus, addiction seems to be a poor description for it.

Posted: Feb 27th 2009 11:07AM (Unverified) said

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There's the "All I do for fun is play WoW" addiction, and then there's "I'm quitting my job so I have time to raid" addiction.

The first case is not an addiction, but more of an infatuation. The game is so intriguing that you don't want to do anything else.

The second case is a true addiction because the person has created a psychological "need" for the game. In his head, his addiction has the same priority level as life-sustaining activities.

Most cases of WoW "addiction" that I've come across are of the first "non-addiction" type, but I have known at least 1 guy with a genuine problem. He was becoming physically ill because he was only sleeping 1 - 2 hours per day. His options were quit WoW, quit work, or quit sleep. He chose to quit work. He also dropped out of school. As far as I know, he's still bumming around his parents' house.

Posted: Feb 27th 2009 11:40AM (Unverified) said

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Stupid. Addiction is compeltly a personality disorder. It's not "WoW" that's addictive, it's the people that play it at the cost of their livelyhood &/or family that are faulty. Not the game.

If it wasn't WoW, it'd be something else. Not nessisarily drugs or alchohol, but something to amplify the "escape" of RL.

These doctors are hacks. Stupid fucking Swedes.

Posted: Feb 27th 2009 11:43AM Holgranth said

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Ya but its so much easier (Not to mention politicaly correct) to just blame the game not the loser playing it......
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