From the article: "For the uninitiated, "World of Warcraft" is what's known in the trade as a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, or MMORPG. People from all over the world participate simultaneously in these games in which participants are integral characters in a virtual world. The game has 10 million subscribers worldwide.
Frank Pearce, founding member and senior vice president of product development for Blizzard Entertainment – the game's developer and production company – believes he knows why couples such as the Murdocks might prefer staying in all weekend playing "Warcraft" to going out.
"There's a huge social element to the game. We've had this huge massive community grow out of the experience," Pearce said. "The community is really a big factor that draws people into the game and keeps them in the game as well."