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  •  World of Warren

    Tuesday, Jun. 7, 2011

    Warren is an Orc. In fact, he's a level-60 Orc, a feat he has achieved by playing a lot of World of Warcraft. He belongs to a successful guild, whose members he considers friends. He spent last summer at home playing about eight hours a day--basically until his parents nagged him to come to dinner.

    Now that he's in college, there's no one to nag him, and he devotes every minute he can to WoW. He usually manages to go to class, but he's behind on his homework, and there are days he doesn't get around to showering.

    At the beginning of the term, his suitemates invited him to join them at various activities, but now they pretty much avoid him. Warren sometimes thinks his gaming is out of hand, but nothing seems as interesting as WoW and the people he's met playing it.

    Does Warren need to join the real world now that he's in college? Should his suitemates push him to do so?

     

    Here are some resources that might be useful:

    Are Video Games Good or Bad for Teens?

    WoW Detox

    A Framework for Ethical Decision Making

     

     

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