Ok, first of all, for the purposes of this article we are going to assume that Video Game Addiction is real. There’s lots of debate out there. However, (and this is just me,) when you have people out there killing folks over a lent Dragon Sword that ended up in an online auction, and dudes jumping off of buildings after writing suicide notes through the eyes of their Online MMORPG character, there has to be something wrong… right?
And allow me to digress, the game with the auctioned off Dragon Sword, it wasn’t even what they advertised themselves to be. It was an “isometric 3D Online MMORPG;” a good way of saying, “It’s not REALLY a 3D Online MMORPG, but we’re going to make it look 3D enough to call it that.”
Aside from the tangent, I suppose the bottom line is, yes Video Game Addictiom is an issue. But is it treatment worthy? One clinic in the Netherlands reports that 90% of the youth that seek their help aren’t addicted. So, what? They just like it.. a ton? On the other hand, in 2002 chapters of OGA, Online Gamers Anonymous, started popping up with organized 12 step programs and everything.