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1 Computer Game Addiction Joe AhnGeorge Randall

2 What is Addiction?  Dependence  Physical  Psychological

3 8 Signs of Online Gaming Addiction  Do you need to play online games with increasing amounts of time in order to achieve the desired excitement?  Are you preoccupied with gaming (thinking about it when offline, anticipating your next online session)?  Have you lied to friends and family members to conceal extent of your online gaming?  Do you feel restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop online gaming?

4 8 Signs of Online Gaming Addiction (cont)  Have you made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop online gaming?  Do you use gaming as a way of escaping from problems or relieve feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, or depression?  Have you jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, or even risked your marriage because of your online gaming habit?  Have you jeopardized a job, educational, or career opportunity because of your online gaming habit?

5 MMORPGs  Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game  Interact with hundreds of other players in real time.  Immersive environments.  No ending – can’t beat the game.  Focus on character development.

6 World of Warcraft (WoW)  Over 8.5 million subscribers.  Estimated 40% of players addicted.  Reports of over 200-300 days played.  Zhang Xiaoyi – 13 year old in China commits suicide.

7 References  Center for Addiction and Mental Health – What is Addiction? diction_Information/Addiction_Information_Guide/addiction_what_is. html diction_Information/Addiction_Information_Guide/addiction_what_is. html diction_Information/Addiction_Information_Guide/addiction_what_is. html  Center for Internet Addiction Recovery – Are You an Obsessive Online Gamer?  Blizzard Entertainment – Press Release.  Rob Wright – mmORPGs and Game Addiction. August 8, 2006. ddicted/ ddicted/ ddicted/  WoW Detox – Ex-players’ testimonials.  Associated Press – Chinese ‘Warcraft’ Game Distributor Sued Over Teen’s Suicide. May 12, 2006.,2933,195236,00.html,2933,195236,00.html

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