Latest threat to student health: trolls and orcs

“World of Warcraft, the online game, is under attack for causing students to drop out. The game, in which you create your own character – an orc, a troll, a dwarf or a human – and join others to defeat enemies in the mythical land of Azeroth, is topping sales charts in the US, but its makers are receiving publicity they could do without, thanks to Deborah Taylor Tate at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Tate says: ‘You might find it alarming that one of the top reasons for college drop-outs in the US is online gaming addiction – such as World of Warcraft – which is played by 11 million individuals worldwide,’ she said in a speech …” (more)

[Ravi Somaiya, Guardian, 6 January]

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