We've been hearing it for decades. While rational individuals know that video games aren't any more addicting than peanut butter unless you're predisposed to addictive behavior, the stereotype remains.
If you ask older people about video games, many of them will still say they're addictive. They don't know anything about the hobby, mind you, but the media has done an excellent job convincing the public that gaming is "addictive." Okay, let's just humor them: Is there any particular component about games that you do find addictive?
For some, it's online multiplayer. It's how they rack up literally thousands of hours playing MMOs or Call of Duty online. For others, it's a wicked in-depth game that requires a huge amount of attention and patience, like one of the Elder Scrolls titles. Still others get really involved in sports simulators, which takes up a gigantic amount of time. Is there any specific aspect about games – or a certain kind of game – that strikes you as "addictive?"
And of course, I'm not talking about clinical, dangerous addiction. I'm just talking about the kind of can't-stop-playing feeling that all of us have, at one point or another, experienced. This doesn't mean we're barely functioning zombies, though, contrary to popular belief.