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Posted: Jul 28th 2009 8:10PM (Unverified) said

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I have to say that was staged, right after I saw him try to sodomize himself with a remote and a couple of other things. I think he's putting on a show.

Posted: Jul 28th 2009 11:26PM (Unverified) said

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For the record, we do know it's a fake video; we sort of figured it did the rounds on the internet a while ago, but apparently there are some people left to see it!
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Posted: Jul 28th 2009 8:21PM JaySpeed said

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That's about how I imagine the average WoW player behaving. I'm sure there are exceptions as there are probably alot of mature older gamers playing WoW but the average has to be under 15 y.o..

Posted: Jul 28th 2009 8:23PM Mr Angry said

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This whole idea is fucking stupid, it's like treating a junkie in a crack den, or an alcoholic in a pub. Sorry to swear, but I've read some shit about MMO's in my day, but this is retarded.

The only solution to addiction is abstinence.... so Blizzard are going to have these tools wander around in game to preach to people to not play anymore, that's great thinking! What kind of response would they expect if they approached a player by saying,

"Hi I'm a doctor, you've been playing WoW for a long time?"

because if they think it's going to be people pouring their hearts out, they got another think coming! They need to make these resources easily available on sites like this, stop trying to be too complicated, you want to help people, do it, don't try and set up some sort of complicated system before you help them out!

The issues that people who get addicted to MMO's is more deep seated than the game itself, usually depression, and these experts needs to realize that they need to treat that, rather than to be 'too cool for school and reach out to the kids!' At the end of the day people need to be encouraged to confront their problem, not some sort of unwanted intervention while they are participating.

On reading this article, it's obvious that this Dr guy has little comprehension for either MMO's or more worryingly... his field of expertise....

Posted: Jul 29th 2009 2:01AM (Unverified) said

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MMOs are a relatively new phenomenon which are already forcing some governments to create new laws to deal with aspects of them, so I don't see why psychologists shouldn't create new methods for dealing with addicts inside them.

Analogies with drugs and alcohol don't really work, as it isn't the product itself that is addictive, more the fact that the player is constantly judging himself against the progress of others.
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Posted: Jul 28th 2009 8:26PM CCon99 said

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These videos are totally fake, they have like 5 or 6 "flip out" videos from the same 2 kids, that are all obviously fake. You can even hear the Mother laughing after her lines in some of them.

Posted: Jul 29th 2009 1:41AM (Unverified) said

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When I watched through the set, I figured the mom was laughing at her whack job son and his complete overreaction to...everything. This family is either really bored or really fucked up. Did you watch the truck one?? He grabs a bat and starts swinging at his dad!!
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Posted: Jul 28th 2009 8:42PM (Unverified) said

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I would do it, but I have no background in therapy.
I quit wow roughly 5 months ago, I was one of the top DPSers in the world.
I did it, to keep it from ruining my new job.

Posted: Jul 28th 2009 8:47PM (Unverified) said

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I did heroin for 5 years, stoned out of my mind every night for 5-6 hours.
I played wow for 5 years, raiding every night for 5-6 hours.

Tell me there's a difference.

Posted: Jul 28th 2009 9:02PM Mr Angry said

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Your account of being a drug addict is inaccurate (that's not the way it works pal) and WoW hasn't been out 5 years (and you already talk about it in the past tense)....

I think you just need a good bath and stop listening to sulky adolescent music.


Dr Phil calls 'bullshit' on this one, next
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Posted: Jul 29th 2009 6:08AM CunningB said

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-.- theres an enourmous difference, Heroin use causes a physical and mental addiction, WoW is purely a mental thing - and even then its still debated whether it counts as a true "addiction".

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Posted: Jul 29th 2009 1:44PM (Unverified) said

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"I did heroin for 5 years, stoned out of my mind every night for 5-6 hours.
I played wow for 5 years, raiding every night for 5-6 hours.

Tell me there's a difference."

did you ever suck ---- to play WoW? case closed.

i watch TV maybe 5-6 hours every day. am i addicted to television? i listen to the radio for around 30 hours each week at work, and on my way to and from work. am i addicted to music? I'm a big film buff, and watch atleast 10 to 15 movies a week. am i addicted to movies?

my god! i better check into rehab!
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Posted: Jul 29th 2009 7:03PM (Unverified) said

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You all hit the nail on the head. I used the heroin analogy to show the difference between addiction and self control.


Gaming is not an addiction, people.
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Posted: Jul 28th 2009 9:35PM elocke said

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this is obviously a fake. staged. and not even mildly entertaining. Sad.

Posted: Jul 28th 2009 11:05PM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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Hmm, talk about a staged video, disturbing for sure... but you know what oh kind post author... this poor choice has overshadowed what you are saying.

As far as counseling in game I know of one game right now that has not only suicide prevention resources but also live one on one help for those with mental problems.

Back to the video tho... yeah, your typical average WoW player for sure.

Posted: Jul 28th 2009 11:33PM (Unverified) said

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why are you posting this fake crap on this website?

Posted: Jul 29th 2009 9:51AM RogueJedi86 said

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This isn't CNN, this is a blog site. They're allowed to post fake things, especially if it helps illustrate the point of the article. That video helps drive home the idea of MMO addiction, where people can freak out about losing access to their video games. I believe in television terms, we call it a "dramatization".
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Posted: Jul 29th 2009 4:26AM (Unverified) said

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The Kirby remix is even more exciting.

Posted: Jul 29th 2009 4:35AM mysecretid said

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Seems like a bunch of third-rate psychiatrists think they've cooked up a way to play WoW while they're supposedly working. Notice how they've already asked for a discounted rate from Blizzard?

As has been said, you can't cure a true addict within the source of their addiction. Plus, the legal and ethical implications of "online treatment" like this would horrify any serious shrink dedicated to helping people.

So ... maybe Dr. Phil _will_ get involved? :-) I mean, check the facts there -- Phil McGraw isn't even a real doctor -- he had his license pulled years ago.

Posted: Jul 29th 2009 5:53AM Miffy said

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Why did he shove the remote up his arse?

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