WashingtonPost.com has a transcript of an online chat with Dmitri Williams, an Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There was also an article entitled "Lost in an Online Fantasy World: As Virtual Universes Grow, So Do Ranks of the Game-Obsessed" in the paper that same day. The transcript touches on addiction and tales of WoW addiction but the prof. keeps a level head through most of it - the article however, does not.
Here is an emblematic quote "Like gambling, pornography or any other psychological stimulant, these games have the potential to thrill, engross and completely overwhelm." So games are just another psych stimulant - like love, happiness and joy but we get lumped in with porno and gambling - nice touch of objectivity for like 10 seconds into the article. A little later on we get this gem:
"Brady Mapes, a 24-year-old computer programmer from Gaithersburg, Md., and an avid WoW fan, calls it a "highly addictive game -- it sucks the life out of you."
Holy crap - someone call Ben Sawyer - we need to add a session to SGS about the life-sucking engine that is evidently available now. The rest of the article continues in the same vein and I will now go crawl into my basement ala-Tom Cruise / War of the Worlds - to await the onrushing darkness from online games. Goodbye cruel world. Leroy Jenkins!!!!!