And here we thought these things were just an urban legend.
A woman in California has filed for divorce, citing World of Warcraft as the reason for her decision. The kicker here is that she was the one who got her husband into the MMO.
Jocelyn, a 28-year-old gamer and former Blizzard employee, gave the game to her husband, Peter, as a Christmas present back in 2004. In just nine months, the devestating effects began to show, and six years of marriage went down the drain.
"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 told Yahoo! Games in an interview. "It took away all of our time that we spent together. I ceased to exist in his life."
Peter's addiction also got in the way of everyday life, as he began neglecting household chores and stopped paying bills.
Jocelyn and Peter are no longer a couple but remain friends, though Jocelyn says she's been cutting back on WoW since the divorce. Peter, on the other hand, still plays religiously.