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    17-year old incarcerated for playing too much WoW


    Ernesto

    The swedish newspaper "Dagens Nyheter" reports that a 17-year old boy from Trollhättan in Sweden has been taken

    into custody for his abusive behaviour. Court rules it as a game-addiction.

     

    Source: Dagens Nyheter

     

    In the courts ruling to have the boy taken into custody, they write that he has isolated himself from the outside world and obtained an unacceptable daily rythm.

     

    A specialist in gambling abuse sais that the ruling is very uncommon. There are three previous rulings like this against young gaming addicts in Sweden. He goes on to say that the opposite is the most common - Getting help for these young people has previously been very hard.

     

    The boys family claims that the boy seldom leaves his home, and becomes aggressive or completely apathic when he isn't allowed to use his computer. He is failing in school and has almost no social interaction according to his family.

     

    The article continues and talks about World of Warcraft and how a comité of some sort has been investigating the phenomenon, where they explain that playing alot of video games cannot be compared to for example substance abuse. They keep on reporting on how parents to gaming children do not take participation in their youngs hobby in the same way other parents do, when the child is performing an outdoor team-sport like football.

     

    Yes, they actually compare online gaming to other teamsports, just like I always do, one more score for the e-athletes!

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