I have a colleague who is a fully grown adult and plays some sort internet fantasy warcraft wizard game. But what I find hard to understand he will spend all day and well into the night playing it then come into work shattered. Is this common behaviour among keen computer gamers or should I be seeking him help for addictive behaviour. I have never played games other than those than come with widows.
As a former WoW addict and someone capable of getting hooked on a game, I think it's because the rewards are so well-managed in them. It's easy to find yourself thinking "ok, I must go to bed. So I'll go back to Ironforge and while I'm there I'll put today's haul of metal up in the auction house and hmmm, if I go the long way round I can slay a few murlocs and then I'll level up and perhaps I'll just pick up a couple more quests and hey, if I go this way round and slaughter a few murlocs AND sort out a few bears then I'll complete the quest, so I'll just stop off and turn in the quest ... " Next thing you know, it's 2am and you have a partner rolling their eyes at you and sighing as you finally come to bed.
But... (Damn, there is always one of those) and I tread lighty, the addiction could be an escape from trouble or displeasure in other parts of the 'gamers' life. I can relate to that and it is not so easy to fix. I fixed it :) and I still play games also, some horrible people tell me I am 41!The Cheek of it!