It happened at least once to all of us, well, almost all of us. A game so addicting, so enthralling that you could just play it for days straight and toss almost everything else aside.
Did you knew there's some World of Warcraft Guilds that require you be online at least 8 hours a day, everyday, or else you get kicked out? That's serious! The only way I could play that much on a day to day basis would be to have a completely inexistent life! Not that I consider my life pretty exciting these days though *cough* but that's another topic.
My first (and last) game that really hooked me to a dangerous level was Phantasy Star Online, back in the Dreamcast golden year. Oh man did I loved that game, playing ONLINE with a CONSOLE was something that I couldn't even imagine (Note that it was a time where dial up 56k modems were pretty much the standard connection for everyone, you had to be in some big city to have access to broadband...)
Only 4 different locations, limited gameplay, not very entertaining missions; what was there to love in this game? Well if you didn't had the chance to play online I'd probably say NOTHING, but if you could live with getting yelled at by your parents for jamming the phone line to connect on the net, then you where in for an experience that was otherworldly: basically it was Diablo 1, in the future and in 3D, which made the game totally badass.
I have characters that easily exceed the 1000 hours of gameplay, even though they had reached the max levels since aeons, all the fuss was about the ones who had the best, rare gear (until hackers came in at least). I have spent white nights just grinding my mags and eating ice cream, I skipped school just to raid the Ruins countless times with my friends to find the elusive Spread Needler (aka the rape machine). This game was the Everquest or Ultima Online of consoles, and it reigned supreme since there was NO competition. Literally.
But since I was, and am still, poor like hell, once the game went to version 2, requiring players to pay to have access to levels 101 to 200 and the new difficulty level; I kinda dropped the game, and the Dreamcast altogether.
I can now happily say that I'm clean since 6 years, but strangely enough I'm craving for a game that will offer the same kind of ecstasy that I experienced while playing PSO...