IT forum 9 - Molly McMahon Professor Santamaria IT101-15HY...

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Molly McMahon McMahon 1 Professor Santamaria IT101-15HY 16 November 2008 Forum 9 1. I do think that fantasy gaming can be compared to drug or alcohol addiction because these fantasy gamers get addicted so much that they revolve their lives around fantasy games. In addition, they almost experience a high while winning the games and while they lose, it can be compared to a crash. People also use fantasy gaming to escape from real world problems, just as drug addicts use drugs to escape reality. It is frightening to say, but yes, fantasy gaming can become an addiction. 2. Fantasy games are not effective in business, government, or education basically because there is nothing educational, or even beneficial for that matter, about them. They are purely for entertainment. 3. The evidence that supports that this is a worsening, world-wide problem is that in Nick Yee’s survey, there are more than 40,000 MMO players “the average player is 26 y/o; most hold full time jobs. 70% have played for ten hours straight at some point, and about 45% would describe themselves as ‘addicted.’ ” (39)
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