The issue of video game addiction, especially to MMORPGs like WoW and EverQuest, has been given increasing attention by researchers as well as the media (see this recent thread). The opinion among gamers seems to be that it either doesn't exist or is much less prevalent than it is made out to be. What are your thoughts? Does video game addiction exist or not? How serious can video game addictions be? Have you ever been a video game addict or have you seen your friends or family succumb to video game addiction? Personally I think that video game addictions exist and can include tolerance, dependence, withdrawal and cravings, and that this view is in line with the current research.