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It's ridiculous to say that WoW has nothing to do with kids dropping out of school. You have kids not just dropping out of school, but dying over this game, and to dismiss all of it as "kids with no self-control" is to completely preempt any solutions that could prevent such things from happening. No one, including the FCC, is proposing banning video games or WoW, but to not be interested in the fact that there are kids who are sitting around playing WoW 24/7 instead of advancing their education. their jobs, or their relationships is shallow. This is becoming a prevalent issue in society, and the majority of your comments are utterly useless in trying to figure why people make these decisions, much less figure out any way to get them to stop.
everyone here has already pointed out that it really comes down to two major causes:

bad parenting
no self control

I played WoW thru highschool, got a B average all the way around. I've had parents who have set limits on my life as well as explain why the limits are there. as I grew older, I adopted the same system of time management, and I'm currently in college.

Granted, I've quit WoW [but picked up Eve for now], but to say that the games are to blame is totally ignorant. Everyone has a choice, and IMO, all the people without the self control need to get totally absorbed into wow and die before procreating so that the gene pool can be rid of their defective genes.

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It also cause you to stay a virgin too.
psh...watever no poon is better than a lvl69 dragonslut.
post #73 of 78
this article is total bs, at least for me

WoW actually gives me better grades. My first year in the dorms I took a year off from WoW and my grades were pure garbage, mostly because I didn't care about classes and there was always something better to do with people. Now that I am out of the dorms, there isn't much to do except study and play WoW to unwind.
    
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I used to be heavily into Ultima Online and then EVE Online for a period of about 6 years. MMOs appeal very greatly to the addictive personality and can cause problems regarding one's social life, hobbies, personal improvement, and education. This is an absolute fact - alcohol can do the same thing, watching TV all the time can do the same thing, and there are many other examples.

Ultimately - it does come down to self control. This is also a fact. It is just a shame that MMOs are incredibly good at wresting control away from some people, and making the game a bigger part of their life than it should be, compared to what other endeavors they could be pursuing.

If the game can be adequately "proportioned" so to speak, MMOs rock.

I'll take the article with a grain o' salt - but I won't completely dismiss its premise, either.

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I notice a lot of similar responses that sound good in theory, but they overlook some reality.

Yes, dropping out is due to the student. It is laziness, irresponsible behavior, etc...whatever you decide to name it. But WoW also happens to be undeniably addictive to some people. Blizzard intentionally makes their games to hook people into playing for a long period of time, and lots of playing is required to excel in these games. How else can they get millions of people to pay every single month without cancelling?

Ultimately, the responsibility falls on the student. But without WoW there to distract them, some of these students wouldn't drop out, simple as that. FCC went too far in assigning that much blame to WoW, I agree. But to totally dismiss its influence is an oversimplication.

In the real world, there are people prone to addiction. There are "weak" people with no self control. Throwing more bait at these kinds of people does increase the chances of them screwing themselves over even more. If a guy prone to alcoholism lived in a place where alcohol was unavailable or prohibitively expensive, you can't just assume he'd screw up his life in some other way. Maybe, but maybe not.

I was hooked to Diablo 2 for a while, and yes, I was stupid. I managed to get my degree, but I can see how others wouldn't be so fortunate. Just because you're not vulnerable doesn't mean your high-horse generalizations apply to everyone else.

BTW, I love Blizzard games, but I abhor the concept of MMORPGs.
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Why should the Gov't care what causes drop outs?
Keep cutting Financial Aid... That will affect more students than the small WoW demographic.
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I'd say college dropouts is more likely caused by beer and drugs.
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I'm sure it does, but i dont think its a widespread problem.. >.>
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