Video game addiction
is hardly a new subject around these here parts, but it still remains a much-discussed and controversial topic even so. Today, BBC investigative journalism program Panorama
will add to the conversation with an in-depth look into the causes of gaming addiction and the consequences of players who become a little too hooked. The episode, titled "Addicted to gaming?", is expected to come down harshly against the practices of video game studios.
According to CVG
, it's no surprise that the documentary is airing the very night that World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
launches, as Panorama uses WoW
as one of its key examples. One of the stories follows the tale of Chris Dandos, a teenager who stopped going to school to play WoW
for up to 20 hours a day.
In response to the episode's focus, Blizzard released the following comment: "Our games are designed to be fun... but like all forms of entertainment... day-to-day life should always take precedence. World of Warcraft contains practical tools that assist players and parents in monitoring playing time."