World of Warcraft is one of many games which are considered to be a “massively multiplayer online role playing game”, or mmorpg. These types of games tend to get people addicted very quickly, and most people have a very difficult time to stop playing.
People will keep continuously playing, trying to gain a level, complete a quest, get some gold… There’s always one more thing that you want to do. I know because I’ve played hundreds of these types of games, they’re all based around the same common concepts and objectives.
The reason that these games are so addictive is because of the way they’re set up. You unlock new things every hour or so, and it’s a very rewarding experience. You get addicted to this experience, and you’re only interested in playing more and more.
World of Warcraft is the most popular massively multiplayer online role playing game around, because of a few reasons. For one, the graphics and gameplay are great and extensive. People never really get bored of this game. The characters look awesome, there are so many things to do, and you can usually find friends to play and compete with on the game, making the game possess even more addictive qualities.
I personally have never played World of Warcraft for a long period of time, I’ve only tried it. It’s true that the game is extremely addicting. You’re always tempted to play all night, stay home from school and play, etc. I have friends that avoid some social situations on a daily basis just to “raid” or kill things in the game and gain levels with his friends.
So is my title an over exaggeration? I believe it to be more true than you’d believe. People’s social lives can be easily ruined by this game. They’ll stop going to parties, only talk to their friends that play World of Warcraft, and typically want to talk about the game all the time.
Most people will avoid any social situations that take away from their time on the computer. They’ll also typically stop working on their homework, and you’ll typically see quite a decline in the grades for players.
The only way to avoid the negative effects of this video game is to never start playing. Of course the game looks awesome, and your friends may play it. But don’t forget that you’re going to become so addicted that your social life may suffer in the end. You may become excessively lazy. Don’t let this happen. Find an alternative. World of Warcraft addiction is similar to that of a weak drug. Just do something more healthy and constructive!