We all know the stories. Heartbreak, loss, even death (gasp). IGN gave an in-depth look at WoW addiction from the perspective of an addict, and it's worth checking out.

The videogame industry has been one of the hardest hit, with over ten million World of Warcraft addicts alone. That's ten million people chasing the dragon, in the hopes they can kill it and score some epic loot. To peer inside the mind of an addict is to peer into the void, where all the concerns that you and I take for granted – having shelter, food, clothes, and a steady supply of money from our whores – no longer matters. All that matters is the drug. All that matters is the next fix.

It's a serious problem, and one which many of you are no doubt grappling with on a daily basis. With that in mind, we got in touch with two former addicts who have seen the blackest depths of addiction but somehow came out the other side. With their help we'll take you through the realities of WoW addiction and the steps required to live another day.
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    Dragoshi1 Apr 21, 08
    Thank god I gave up the game,anyway. It was boring as hell.
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    theundertakergonzo Apr 21, 08
    Wow, i've heard of people getting pretty much addicted to the game but i never knew it was that overly serious for an addiction. Glad to hear they gave it up
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    Seproth Apr 21, 08
    My roommate is into WoW pretty hardcore. I just don't get it...he's gotta be there every night. When he misses he needs a better excuse than you would to skip work. Which is exactly what WoW seems to turn into. A part time, or full depending on how hooked you get, job that not only to you not get paid to do...but you have to pay to do it.

    Not for me...but 9 million people would disagree with me there.

    On the other hand I have a good friend who's guild recently became ranked best in the nation. All he does is PVP and he tells me it's little more than a few hours a week.
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      chautemoc Apr 21, 08
      10, actually.

      I thought I heard some of the users do get paid, though? Sort of like in-game moderators or something, I dunno. If its true I'm sure its a miniscule percentage of users though..
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    Final Blade Apr 22, 08
    The game sucks though, its on the same level as Runescape and both ruins lives. Don't play them.

    About time these people used their brains for once.
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    kik36 Apr 22, 08
    I was hooked on FFXI for a couple years......I could see the addiction but I knew when to stop. Every once in a while I miss my friends on it, but not enough to get pulled back into it! LOL
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      Final Blade Apr 22, 08
      I don't think FF11 is on the same level with these 2 games. I loved FF11 but i doubt it ruined lives like these games.
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    Xenctuary Apr 22, 08
    This article is genuinely quite sad. It's a shame people let their lives be consumed by a video game. One they pay monthly for, no less.
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    Bale Fire Apr 22, 08
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    I don't think FF11 is on the same level with these 2 games. I loved FF11 but i doubt it ruined lives like these games.
    How is it not the same level? It has a big community, lots of things to do and lots of expansion packs. It is also painfully slow, forcing you to invest large amounts of your time to accomplish anything. It has almost certainly ruined lives
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      Seproth Apr 22, 08
      It had/has nowhere near the same userbase.

      It's like if all the sudden the flu was deadly to everyone, but it was contained like SARS.

      Even though it's deadly, AIDS and Cancer are still way bigger threats.

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