I believe a lot of younger people are having a hard time separating the games from reality. I think that this is where game addiction becomes a serious problem and some need to put the games down until they can grasp the differences between the two.
There is much more worst things out there to be addicted too, why make it seem worst than it actually is. You can learn a lot about people from the games they play or the way they play them.
The addiction to video games is really a big problem, because it was recognized as an addiction fairly recent.
In my opinion because this addiction is is "Young" not a lot of doctors know how to treat it. I agree with KNtoran and I might add that MMORPGS are accelerating this issue.
While I was playing World of Warcraft; actually when I didn't play it I noticed small differences in my interactions with others which wern't in my opinion ok, therefore I stopped playing.
I think many people will get addicted to something at some point in their lives as long as they are stimulated enough with any type of pleasure. This can be gambling, video games, drugs, fighting, or any other habit which can be easily replicated for a quick rush of adrenaline. I think rather than look at this from the stand point of Video games are bad, it should be looked at as if you are going to get addicted anyways, find the least damaging thing to be addicted to. I'd rather be someone addicted to games than addicted to heroine.