I think this type of addiction is more of a symptom of a greater underlying problem. I believe people who get addicted to games like this are trying to shield themselves from reality. There is, of course, the gaming nerd stereotype: A person (generally male) who is very socially awkward and feels more comfortable interacting online. But I’m sure there are other posibilities- people with social anxiety disorders, loners (due to personal preference), people harboring real or imagined insecurities, etc. The gaming world of course shields them from those problems and the judgements of others, and they can be whoever they want to be.
Sometimes a person meets their SO and might not immediately identify this. I’ve noticed a lot of people who end up being trainwrecks don’t usually seem that way at the beginning- in fact it is a very gradual process over time (maybe denial gets in the way).
But yes, I’ve heard the term WoW-widow coined before. I was really into WoW for about a year and a half, but even in my peak I generally only played it on the weekends, quit when I met my ex, and don’t have much interest in it even if I were single again.
Those games can be addictive, and for some people with addictive personalities it can be poison. Fortunately for me, if a game is so addictive I have to spend rediculous amounts of time playing it (taking time off work, blowing off hanging out with friends, turning down sex :dubious: ) then it easily has become too tedious to be fun anymore. I like games that can be fun in 1-hour increments, or don’t necessarily require a huge time investment to make the most out of.