February 26, 2009

Warcraft video game compared to cocaine

A Swedish youth organization said the computer game World of Warcraft is dangerously addicting.

The Youth Care Foundation describes the online fantasy game as the cocaine of the computer games world, The Local reported Thursday.

There is not a single case of game addiction that we have worked with in which World of Warcraft has not played a part, foundation official Sven Rollenhagen told the newspaper Metro.

A Swedish youth was hospitalized last year after he collapsed during a 20-hour World of Warcraft binge, the report said.

Swedish National Institute of Public Health said Sweden has a large problem with computer game addiction.