Hat tip to GameDev.net for this one:
A lawsuit against the developers of Lineage II is being allowed. The lawsuit claims that a player from Hawaii is so addicted that he's unable to function in daily life, and that NCSoft should pay damages because of the game's addictiveness. I'd like to suggest that Lineage II isn't nearly good enough for that to be plausible and maybe the guy's just suffering from run of the mill depression.
Speaking of which, psychiatrists in South Korea are prescribing drugs for Starcraft addiction. It sounds silly at first, but it makes sense to me. The "addiction" is incidental, I imagine, and merely symptomatic of deeper problems. Of course, the MRI scan of patients shown pictures of Zerglings might be taking it a little far.
Now that's just hilarious. I wonder how many mothers out there are afraid of buying their kids these games out of fear they'll become digitally addicted to them? Then again, another part of me wonders if the graphics are any cooler with the drugs.
I may have to do some further, uh... "research".