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Screenshot of an in-game funeral for a Chinese girl who died playing World of Warcraft.

In 2005, Lee Seung Seop of South Korea died after playing StarCraft for 50 hours. In 2007, Xu Yan of northeastern China died after playing various online games for 7 days. Just six months later, an unidentified 30-year-old in Guangzhou province died after playing in an Internet café for three straight days. Addiction to videogames: It's happening to them, and it could be happening to you, too!

Well, OK, not really. Game addiction is a term that's thrown around pretty liberally these days. Horror stories of people spending their entire lives in front of World of WarCraft are even making it to the TV news. But for most of us, gaming's just a hobby -- even if it's a hobby that we tend to take rather seriously. The line between hobby and habit is a blurry one, though, and it's not easily understood. When it comes to doing something you enjoy, how much is too much?
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Interesting article...

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Do you, 1UP reader and game-addiction candidate, spend more than two hours playing games a day? Well, sure -- maybe you do, but that doesn't necessarily make you an addict.
I always say that, there's a big difference between addiction and hobby, though it's just generalized. :T
I should show this to my parents.
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addiction =/= hobby, lol.
 
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been there done that
i failed classes, neglected people, and didn't sleep as much as i should have
it didn't get bad til last year
in middle school and high school, i was balancing gaming and real life well
was in the top 2% in high school, and hung out with friends alot
i even got arrogant about it and pushed myself to the limit
i'd say it won't happen this year, but only time will tell
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