Read the reaction other gamers have to these WOW related deaths - Beware, screen shots

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Read the reaction other gamers have to these WOW related deaths - Beware, screen shots

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Two-Fanatic-World-of-Warctaft-Gamers-Have...

I cannot believe how the other gamers respond to these deaths plz read

[color=blue]Warning: Screenshots from WoW in the article. See Liz's post below for text-only version.[/color]

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I have read the initial

I have read the initial article and all of the 9 comments so far afterwards. Of these 9 comments, only 2 were particularly insensitive with the other ones being quite reasonable. However, even 2 is a lot! Also, I read some good news. The last part of the article says that

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Several online game communities have posted announcements to urge their members to pay attention to their health. Meanwhile, 7 major domestic game makers have agreed to install an anti-obsession system on eleven online game products.

I am not sure what sorts of features these "anti-obsession" systems will have in terms of detection and implementation. Also, it does not say which products this will cover, e.g., will it include the most popular game of WoW? Regardless, I consider this to be a good start and I hope that all of the other game makers and products will have similar types of systems in place soon.

- John O.

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Hard Copy of Above LInk Liz

Hard Copy of Above LInk Liz W. On-Line Gamers Anonymous www.olganon.org Skype lizwool http://news.softpedia.com/news/Two-Fanatic-World-of-Warctaft-Gamers-Have-Died-Becouse-Of-WoW-11821.shtml Two Fanatic World of Warcraft Gamers Have Died Because Of WoW - Are there more to come? By: Carmen Ivanov, Associate Games Editor The recent deaths of two net gamers have once again raised the issue of the impact of addiction on the online gaming community, and the health risks involved. A 28-years-old man from Beijing, nicknamed "Snowly", died last month after playing the online game "World of Warcraft" for several continuous days during the national day holiday. Snowly's friends, who share the same game community, say that he was a very diligent member and a key official of their community, who was always connected to the Internet. Several days before Snowly's death, the gamer was said to be preparing for a relatively difficult part of the game ( the final battle with the Black Dragon Prince) and had very little rest. He told his friends that he felt very tired. A big online funeral was held for him one week after the death. But the event was sadly overshadowed by the death of another game enthusiast nicknamed Thereafter. Several online game communities have posted announcements to urge their members to pay attention to their health. Meanwhile, 7 major domestic game makers have agreed to install an anti-obsession system on eleven online game products. Since the number of Internet threats consisting of viruses, worms, trojans (to mention just a few) is growing day by day, Softpedia gives you the chance to vote for your favorite antivirus application. Vote here for the antivirus which takes care of your security. 8th November 2005, 07:19 GMT | Copyright (c) 2005 Softpedia | Contact:

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Blizzard or any other MMO's

Blizzard or any other MMO's company would never tell their customers to stop playing because they had been playing for way too many hours, they all care about profit. It's true that they are not the problem, but they are part of the problem, and they and won't truly help on this.

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Could a mod maybe edit the

Could a mod maybe edit the initial post or the title so people know before clicking the link that there's a screenie in the article? I clicked the link before I saw Liz's post and realized too late I didn't want to see it. Thanks.

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Hi all! That article was

Hi all! That article was horrible but the first response to it on the site was horrific. Definitely a reality check on how one's perspective can totally get out of wack from excessive gaming. I'm happily not going to game today. I hope that guy gets some help he needs it. Wishing you all a great 24 hours! Rose Dawn

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A little credit where credit

A little credit where credit is due...

This article is from 2005, long before Blizzard introduced parental controls for World of Warcraft. The parental controls on WoW should be the industry standard. They block access at the account level, which prevents the user from accessing their account during the times specified, regardless of whether they're at home, a friend's house or an Internet cafe.

Aion, the Korean MMO now running in Europe and North America, advises users every hour that they've played for one, two, three hours etc., and suggests they take a break.

Last year, I did an interview for a legal journal on the issue of liability and addiction. The creation of parental controls that manage time of day and/or hours played weekly are at least a tacit acknowledgement that there is a serious problem. Most people can play WoW etc. safely, but there will always be a small minority of people overwhelmed by the stimulation of playing. We are here for them.

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bgh wrote:  Most people
bgh wrote:

Most people can play WoW etc. safely, but there will always be a small minority of people overwhelmed by the stimulation of playing. We are here for them.

Well said.

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It's sad that this person

It's sad that this person died because they neglected their body's needs for a game. Even sadder that some responders are so callous, but I've found that to be true of people who sit behind a monitor and make such statements. In person, said persons would keep their mouths shut, and wisely so.

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Very true Delphi, but the

Very true Delphi, but the first poster on that comment board was verbally lambasted by the others who follow. There's lots of Internet Tough Guys out there, but lots of gamers found his comments absolutely repulsive, and said so.

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Yeah i noticed alot of those

Yeah i noticed alot of those so called virtual tough guys when i played wow, especially after the first expac came out.Its sad that alot of those people use, and abuse that anonymity they have on the internet for such hurtful ,cruel things.

"It's all in your mind...Whatever you hold in your mind will tend to occur in your life.If you continue to believe as you have always believed,you will continue to act as you have always acted.If you continue to act as you have always acted,you will continue to get what you have always gotten.If you want different results in your life or your work,all you have to do is change your mind." Anonymous...

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