Friday, 14 November 2008

Chasing More Phantoms....

But the popularity of the game has led many experts to have concerns over the extent to which youngsters are developing unhealthy addictions.

Dr Richard Graham, a child psychiatrist at the Tavistock Centre, said: "Some of my clients will discuss playing games for 14 to 16 hours a day at times without breaks and for those the consequences are potentially very severe.

"The problem with World of Warcraft is the degree it can impact and create a socially withdrawn figure who may be connecting with people in the game and is largely dropping out of education, social opportunities."
Yup, why worry about the kids stabbing each other on the streets? The real problem is clearly kids spending too much time PvP'ing in Arathi Basin. Perhaps Dr Graham has a few characters he'd like to level up to 80, so he's hoping to get the 'research' done on some university's time..?
Some of the childen referred to him even failed to attend appointments because they were playing the game, he told the BBC.
Obviously far too sensible to be seeing a psychologist in the first place then!

Now, if you'll excuse me, that Lich King isn't going to kill himself...

2 comments:

Letters From A Tory said...

Maybe if we gave all violent kids a character in Second Life, they would kick the crap out of each other online instead?

Would certainly make the streets safer!

JuliaM said...

Nothing else seems to make the streets safer...

Not sure 'Second Life' is the right game though - no violence in it :)