The 10th anniversary of World of Warcraft is a time for celebration, but it’s also a time for reflection. Video games are great, but like everything else that’s fun, they need to be enjoyed in moderation. Psychologists and researchers are still debating whether video game addiction is a real thing, but for us, it’s not really a question. We all know that one friend who’s a little too wrapped up in his digital life, and let’s be real—even you might be spending too time with a controller or mouse in your hand.
WoW, by its very structure, has addictive potential. One must invest a significant amount of unbroken time to make headway, and this, combined with the peer pressure of conducting raids and quests, can easily make one’s real life spiral out of control. Here are The Worst Examples of World of Warcraft Addiction, along with two organizations who are trying to make a difference (with mixed results).