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There's no doubt that MMOs have changed the face of online gaming as we know it today. The immense success of World of Warcraft demonstrates this and the game has often been the target of studies surrounding people and online gaming. Interestingly, claims about the dangers of online gaming addiction are spreading even further, with an FCC Commissioner making the bold claim that MMOs, and WoW in particular, have increased the college drop-out rate in the U.S.

We all see many sensationalist claims being made about games, and we all probably remember the sometimes-amusing antics of Jack Thompson. It’s rather perplexing, however, to have someone in such a high position make these claims. If there is any evidence to back up the claims that the FCC Commissioner made, they weren't cited – and you can certainly expect some outcry from the gaming community regarding this.

This could lead to interesting battles between educators, gamers and gaming companies. Should the FCC even be making any assertions regarding people's computer use? I would very much like to see a Blizzard response to these statements.
http://www.techspot.com/news/32857-F...-dropouts.html
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Blizzards response:

We're RIACH BIATCH!
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That's weird, I always thought college drop-outs increased the college drop-out rate, not warcraft. Hmm.
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It also cause you to stay a virgin too.
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It also cause you to stay a virgin too.
That's where Second Life comes in

Oh and I don't doubt that MMOs like WoW cause at least some college drop outs, or at least are a major factor in the dropout.

What is BS to claim is that the games cause you to become a mentally ill and deranged serial killer, like the stuff Jack Thompson was trying to spread.
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That's weird, I always thought college drop-outs increased the college drop-out rate, not warcraft. Hmm.
words that are true my friend. haha yeah college drop outs cause the drop out rate to increase. I would believe that WoW CAN play a factor is a student choosing to drop out.
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I had a friend who's whole life fell apart over WoW. He dropped out of school, had his girlfriend of 3 years leave him, and nearly kill himself as result of playing WoW on average nearly 14 hours a day (as measured by the time logged onto his account vs time owning the game). One more reason I wont touch MMORPGs (that and paying monthly to play a game I've already bought is disgusting)
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I had a friend who's whole life fell apart over WoW. He dropped out of school, had his girlfriend of 3 years leave him, and nearly kill himself as result of playing WoW on average nearly 14 hours a day (as measured by the time logged onto his account vs time owning the game). One more reason I wont touch MMORPGs (that and paying monthly to play a game I've already bought is disgusting)
So just because he couldn't manage to control himself and take responsibility for real life priorities, you avoid those games? Sounds like a personal problem. It's in no way, shape, or form, the fault of ANY video game maker. Everyone makes their own decisions, and some people CHOOSE to make WoW their priority over everything else.
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wow makes you fail at school.. that's a fact!.. unless your a super nerd who studies everyday or is smart.. already..
    
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So just because he couldn't manage to control himself and take responsibility for real life priorities, you avoid those games? Sounds like a personal problem. It's in no way, shape, or form, the fault of ANY video game maker. Everyone makes their own decisions, and some people CHOOSE to make WoW their priority over everything else.
that's a very good point
    
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