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  1. Egyptian Doctor

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    Candy Crush Saga is a match-three puzzle video game released by the developer King on April 12, 2012 for Facebook, and on November 14, 2012 for smartphones. As of March 2013, Candy Crush Saga surpassed FarmVille 2 as the most popular game on Facebook, with 46 million average monthly users

    The adrenalin's pumping. My pulse has quickened. The blood's rushed to my head. Everything's moving in slow motion. Don't let it happen. Stop! Please!

    BOOM. It's all over. I've just lost my first ever game of Candy Crush. It's a rush to play. But why does it make me feel this way?

    It is a fine way to entertain yourself but some people have lost control of their habit.

    The game's manufacturer, King, makes $670,000 a day from users purchasing extra lives or access to the next level.

    Users are blocked from playing for a period of time after completing various levels until they choose to pay.

    Hooked readers told news.com they regretted spending hundreds and even thousands of dollars on Candy Crush.

    An upset wife fumed that her husband had cracked the triple digits with his addiction. "My husband spent over $100 on it, made me mad," Lexie told news.com.

    But that's nothing compared to Jeanna. "I spent more than 1000 $ on tokens via PayPal," she wrote. "That was a huge mistake".

    How do these expensive addictions come about?

    Technology blog Gamasutra calls it "fun pain" where so-called reward mechanisms "defeat a consumer's ability to make informed choices about the costs and value of these products".

    Mobile gaming companies are also using the latest technology to replicate the "appetising" qualities of poker machines, according to Professor Sudhir Kale, a marketing and gaming expert from Bond University.

    He told news.com the same combination of "fixed" and "variable" rewards perfected in poker machines is being programmed into mobile phone games such as Candy Crush.

    Only a small number of people become addicted to games such as Candy Crush, Prof Kale explained. Addicts become stimulated by a secretion of dopamine by the brain.

    "The brain starts secreting dopamine, the same when someone's doing cocaine or recreational drugs. The effect is the same."

    "That does not happen to every person," he added. "Not everyone who gambles is a problem gambler, only one per cent is pathological."

    If your addiction is becoming harmful, Prof Kale suggested "transferring" your addiction to something less harmful or seeking help if necessary.

    Do you have a Candy Crush addiction? Share your story in the comments below.

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    no ! thank God ! im not addicted to candy crush :p
     

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    No! I think it's waste of time to play that much. You make efforts in a virtual world and you think that you have done something important. Am I wrong?
     

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    I am not addicted to Candy Crush too , and i agree being addicted to such games is waste of time but it is good to play similar thinking games without being addicted to it as it refreshes your mind.
     

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    you are totally right !
     

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    I play it on a weekly basis and I think it is great way to both relax and challenge your brain. Personally, I think that it is healthier to play varoius games then watching TV.
     

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    i'm addicted to candy crush. i feel excited when completed levels. But i don't spent money on it. i completed all levels of this game :D i did it in 6 months :))
     

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    Med student don't have time to play candy crush saga.

    I don't have time for that.
     

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    Oh well med students are human also with human activities and at some point all of us have some boring class or some time in which we wanna relax away from books
    But being addict of a game that really is a loose of time and in some cases money......nothing good and productive coming from this addiction
     

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    I prefer to play chess or a really thinking game
     

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    No i'm not addicted only 4 fun
     

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    I've never played it before. Having Chess or Go addiction is better than this one.
     

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    Yes, the virtual world could be dangerous ! It gives , in many cases, a distorted perception of reality !
     

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    I play Candy Crush, nice game, but not addicted. I play another game too..
    I think we should have control to decide when to or not play any game. As a doctor, we don't have much time.
     

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    I had to leave it in a week, because all I did when I was in bed or talking to someone was seeing combinations of sweets. It's pathological, hope some of my friends realize that!
     

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    Playing only sometimes for fun i think is ok,specially for children but to spend money on it or wasting your energy on it specially when you have something important to do,thats bad!.
     

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    I play it a lot and I've almost completed all the levels but I've never spent a dime on it #whywouldanyonedothat#
     

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