Hyke van der Heijden, a 28-year-old Dutchman, said his gaming problem got so bad that he flunked out of college. He said pot smoking and gaming kept him emotionally sedated for years. "The games, that was my comfort zone. That was the only reality I could manage."
While I don't agree with some in saying that video game designers are responsible for addictions, it is easy to see how someone could toss their life away to play more. The original article also goes into the general nature of the Internet and things like MySpace. An interesting read, and a topic that is likely to stir up controversy.