Here's a story that will strike a chord with my seventeen year old son. A Californian woman has divorced her husband citing a "crippling addiction" to World of Warcraft. For those of you without teenage children, World of Warcraft is an online computer game, or MMORPG (translation: Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game). "He would get home from work at 6:00, start playing at 6:30, and he'd play until three a.m. Weekends were worse -- it was from morning straight through until the middle of the night," she said. Yep, that seems like unreasonable behaviour to me. Ironically, she originally gave the game to her husband as a Christmas present, having briefly worked for the company that developed the game.
All of this may sound amusing, but expect such things to be regularly cited in future divorce proceedings, as more and more people favour their virtual existence over their real one.