Joe Hilgard, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychological Sciences in the University of Missouri College of Arts and Science and Joe knows an easy win when he sees one. An easy win is adding the word 'addiction' to the phrase 'video game playing'...
Joe's research tells him that, "escapism, social interaction and rewards fuel problematic video-game use among 'very casual' to 'hardcore' adult gamers. Understanding individual motives that contribute to unhealthy game play could help counselors (sic) identify and treat individuals addicted to video games." Yes, that's right: problems with real life lead to people becoming addicted to things that make them feel better. There's even a video of this guff that everybody knew anyway being tied to video games below. Bear in mind, however, that you have to accept the entirely spurious notion of 'video games addiction' to really fall for this.
Joe's main insight is that, "The biggest risk factor for pathological video game use seems to be playing games to escape from daily life. Individuals who play games to get away from their lives or to pretend to be other people seem to be those most at-risk for becoming part of a vicious cycle. These gamers avoid their problems by playing games, which in turn interferes with their lives because they're so busy playing games."
Much like people who doing anything to escape from 'daily life' really. So, not so much being addicted to games as being anxious about life.Read more about Joe's insights here.