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Games industry representative vaguely calls for more research into video game addiction

Although addiction to technology and games is not currently recognized as a clinical condition, the consequences can be dire, and some believe that the addiction is serious enough to merit inclusion in the next edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).  

Andy Paine, chairman of the association for UK Interactive Entertainment, isn’t as convinced. He told BBC’s Newsbeat, "[t]he word 'addiction' is quite emotive. If we're talking about clinical addiction - proven to be something that people want as a dependency - then we have to look at the evidence and the research."  He further argued that games have many redeeming qualities and made a loose and open-ended commitment to funding research on the issue.

Dozens of studies and experts have released statistics and spoken about the severity of the issue of addiction, with a defined focus on online multiplayer games such as World of Warcraft and StarCraft II. Payne’s lip service to the problem may be a step in the right direction, but is it enough? Should the games industry step up and address addiction more seriously?

Even Xeroxed procedural cop shows are sounding off - we hope a bit more research will help pop-culture avoid nonsense like this (though it is hilarious to watch!):

Sources: BBCScience Daily 

Oct 4, 2010

33 comments

  • mrmorozov987 - October 4, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    Fuck you, Law and Order.
  • PlaystationWarlord24 - October 4, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    Video Game addiction is not as bad as being addicted to drugs so what does it matter
  • McSpermie - October 4, 2010 11:13 p.m.

    Wow that vid is insane.
  • mrmorozov987 - October 4, 2010 11:15 p.m.

    Think about this: no one cares if someone is addicted to movies, music, or novels. But video games, OHHHH, you're throwing your life away! Pretentious hypocrites.
  • Austin_SJ - October 4, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    That's how I met my girlfriend.
  • oneshotfinch - October 4, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    If you get addicted to something like video games to the point where your life is ruined, you have little to no willpower. It's a lot easier to get addicted to smoking, drinking, drugs or any other chemical substance like energy drinks or chocolate even.
  • db1331 - October 4, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    Video games have this evil stigma about them that causes the term "addiction" to be thrown around too loosely. Say you have a person who gets off work at 5 and goes home and games for 5-6 hours each night. People are going to say that person is addicted to games. But if that same person spent that same amount of time doing a more socially acceptable activity, like reading a book or painting a picture, people would say, "Oh he loves to paint" or "Our son just LOVES reading!" Have you ever heard of someone being addicted to reading? So why can't some people just love playing games without having to be "Addicted" to them?
  • mrmorozov987 - October 4, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    db1331: Exactly! This is exactly what happened with movies and comic books when they were first introduced to society. Again, pretentious hypocrites.
  • db1331 - October 4, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    @mrmorozov987 I didn't read your first comment before I posted mine, I kind of robbed some of what you were saying. You were 100% right though.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - October 4, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    I'm just gonna copy and paste what db said whenever this comes up. Well put, old chap. Also, f*ck Law and Order and its stupid face.
  • mrmorozov987 - October 4, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    Goddammit Imln93, I don't think anyone in the existence of the universe has every bought something from one of these stupid comment ads. Oh, and db, it's cool. It happens. Oh, and let's just completely forget the fact the video games require more time to complete than movies or (some) books, and let's just completely overlook the multiplayer. Video games are different than movies. Movies are different than music, and so on. You can't just cram them all into one classification, like "media" or "entertainment". They all need to be studied independently, and judged by their own merits. Or we could just let Glenn Beck keep going on about baseball bats and hookers. Your choice.
  • mrmorozov987 - October 4, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    Sorry, "ever."
  • MaxxamusTime - October 4, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    Video games are still new to some people, and new things scare people. Thats why there so concerned about this so called video game/ online addiction. But since more people are used to drug addicts. Along with the people who absess with working out and taking medicine pills making themselves stronger. WTF WORLD
  • Christopia - October 4, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    Well I'd be interested to see the results. I have no doubt that games can be addictive to certain personality types. Anything can be addictive, but some games are specificaly designed to be addictive, especialy RPG's, particularly mmo's.
  • awsomemaster - October 4, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    @spambot lol these spam bots are getting so annoying that im working on a song about them.
  • GamesRadarMatthewKeast - October 5, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    I've learned a bit about psychiatry over the last few years, and the clinical definition of any disorder is if the thing you're doing significantly impacts your or your friends/families' lives in a negative way. Usually this is decided upon by the patients themselves. So for instance, if a person plays WoW to the point where they feel it's making their life worse (not necessarily ruining their life), then to them, they're addicted. Obviously, the usual addicts, drug addicts, won't admit that they're addicted, so it is a bit complicated. For instance, if all of your friends and family say you're addicted to games, are you addicted? What if those people aren't gamers and hold social stigmas in their minds? It comes down to insight. It's all about whether a person can see whether they have a problem or not. It is annoying, though, that the popular thing right now is to talk about game addiction, when a person can be addicted to almost anything in life. Hell, I have a friend who was addicted to playing with her cat - she would never leave the house and just "socialize" with her cat all day.
  • ShaneCedt - October 5, 2010 12:26 a.m.

    I play Heroin Hero all the time
  • Doctalen - October 5, 2010 12:27 a.m.

    I like video games, I like them a lot, when I get a chance I would probably play a video game, but I still get bored. When I get bored I will do something else. Don't know if that counts as addiction or not but that's truth.
  • mrmorozov987 - October 5, 2010 12:32 a.m.

    Doctalen: that's how almost every gamer feels, contrary to popular belief. Video games are one of my favorite things on Earth, and even I'll admit that I won't keep playing them once they get boring, or just for the sake of playing a game. Once they do, I can go outside and try a new restaurant or go out with friends. Exactly the opposite of that damn Law and Order clip.
  • ombranox - October 5, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    Booo!

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