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Therapists Log on to WoW to Counsel Addicts

eldavojohn (898314) writes | more than 5 years ago

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eldavojohn (898314) writes "So you can't find the time to leave the World of Warcraft to seek help for your World of Warcraft addiction? Sounds reasonable. Well, addiction therapists are coming to meet you so you don't have to quit playing as they counsel you and your addiction. From the leader of this initiative, Dr. Graham, 'We will be launching this project by the end of the year. I think it's already clear that psychiatrists will have to stay within the parameters of the game. They certainly wouldn't be wandering around the game in white coats and would have to use the same characters available to other players. Of course one problem we're going to have to overcome is that while a psychiatrist may excel in what they do in the real world, they're probably not going to be very good at playing World of Warcraft.' Send in the level 5 counselor and let the games begin!"
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Great... (1)

SkipFrehly (1606577) | more than 5 years ago | (#28856189)

Great...more useless babble in the Crossroads channel.

They're coming to save the addicted (1)

stickrnan (1290752) | more than 5 years ago | (#28856953)

but who will save them once they themselves become ensnared in the web of addiction that is WoW.

How are they going to find them? (1)

Beerdood (1451859) | more than 5 years ago | (#28857727)

Is this a voluntary sign up for addicts, or will they actively search for other players to try to identify addicts. I can see problems with that either way.

If this is something that people sign up for, or seek treatment themselves - maybe in the game isn't the best spot? Problem gamblers don't sit at the poker table next to their therapists, and I'm pretty sure a recovering alcoholic doesn't meet their therapist at the local pub.

And if this plan is to seek out the problem players, how exactly are they going to do that? Blizzard isn't going to hand over the account information (i.e. hours played per week, age, other details) to these therapists Other than just noticing them online a lot of the time, there no way to tell if they're neglecting their real life duties, or have poor social skills etc..

A Brilliant Plan (1)

rcuhljr (1132713) | more than 5 years ago | (#28857929)

This is a brilliant plan by some wow Therapist who got sick of missing raids for client sessions. Also, obligatory "I'll take the rapist for 200"
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