World of Warcraft = Craft Cocaine, Say Experts

Ian Sparks from Daily Mail reports on a pretty damn intense story:

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.


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Highly addictive: World of Warcraft has been described by experts as the crack cocaine of the gaming world


Many players will sit alone in their rooms for hours at a time, immersed in the lives of their fantasy character creations - or Avatars.

Some 11milion around the globe play World of Warcraft - making it the world's most successful 'MMORPG' - massively multi-player online role-playing game.

However, a report from Sweden's Youth Care Foundation describes it as 'the most dangerous game on the market'.

The report's author Sven Rollenhagen said: 'There is not a single case of game addiction that we have worked with in which World of Warcraft has not played a part.

'It is the crack cocaine of the computer game world. Some will play it till they drop.'