"Addiction" to game like of WoW is generally a symptom of a pre-existing problem in my experience, probably ADHD, lack of motivation, difficulty dealing with the real world, or some combination of all of these. From what I've seen, many folks who have an obsessive desire to escape into a virtual world are suffering in some way in the real world and WoW provides a convenient place to retreat.
I have never played World of Warcraft, yet WOW has had a profound impact on my life and my family's. I am sure that my story is not at all unusual for I have spoken to many others who have had their own families harmed by this destructive presence which tries to represent itself as a harmless game akin to some hobby or watching TV. It is really not harmless entertainment. It is a horrible, all-consuming cancer in our lives and society.
2 years ago my 23 year old daughter's marriage fell apart. We knew they fought and I knew they always seemed to have financial problems. What I did not know was that WOW was at the root of all their problems. When their marriage ended, she returned home to live with her father and me. We tried to help her put her life back together. For a while things seemed to be going well, until one day last summer when we discovered that our business was missing hundreds of dollars. Unknown to us, our daughter had been stealing money from our company to finance her addiction...
This theft was disastrous to our family. The loss of the money was minor, though it did make life more difficult for a while. We lost something much more precious however... We lost trust in our daughter. We could not understand how she could do this those that loved her. However, we understand now. Gamers who play WOW MUST constantly violate their own value system in order to quench that desire to build their character and achieve SUCCESS in a virtual reality. A reality in which SUCCESS that comes so much easier and quicker than in real life. Achieving success in the WOW universe night after night must be wildly addicting. The magnetic pull of WOW is so engrossingly powerful. People need to be more aware of its dangers before it devours the lives more of our youth.