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Swede's concerned by dangerous World of Warcraft

Addiction takes centre stage

In a new report investigating the causes and effects of videogame addiction, Sweden's Youth Care Foundation has called Blizzard's groundbreaking World of Warcraft, the "most dangerous game on the planet".

Speaking in the wake of the report, author Sven Rollenhagen has said that the best-selling MMO had a part to play in almost every addicted gamer the study looked at.

"It is the crack cocaine of the computer game world. Some will play it till they drop," the author warned; the report earning the backing of Swedish health authorities.

"Computer game addiction is becoming more widespread across the world," warned the Swedish National Institute of Public Health.

China and South Korea are already battling an 'epidemic', having set up gaming addiction clinics to deal with players who's addictions reach dangerous proportions.

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