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Latest anti-videogame 'research' even more piss poor than usual. Still qualifies as tabloid news

Come on. This is getting silly. We've had some pretty flimsy 'games are bad' stories, but the one in today's Metro is embarrassing. Read this:

It's nothing we haven't heard a million times before and - fair enough - it makes some points that only the most fanatical gaming lunatics would try to argue against. If a 10-year old stays up late playing videogames, it's highly likely he or she will be cranky, knackered and less receptive in the classroom. It's common sense and definitely something parents need to keep in check.

But what bugs my chuff about this article is that it's based on 'research' carried out by a single primary school teacher and was conducted using 26 children. Call me nitpicky, but that doesn't sound like any kind of conclusive systematic investigation to me. It sounds like a school project. Like making a pinhole camera. Or measuring the playground with a stick.

Certainly this information would be useful to distribute at a local level to inform teachers and parents of a problem in this particular school. But to be covered by a national tabloid paper with a circulation of over 1 million? And to be presented as credible research? Seriously? Really? You're fackin' muggin' me off mate.

And another thing. Instead of joining the boring chorus of broken records, if the kids at the school love videogames so much, why not bring videogames into the classroom? Get the kids to dream up their own game on paper. Write a story for it. Draw the characters. Make a level out of Lego. Use a little imagination and spark their interest. It might even stop them falling asleep.

Contrary to what mainstream media would have us believe, recent research has proven that videogames can be a force of extreme good that can help a child's learning. And that's research that I conducted this morning by asking my two daughters. So it's totally valid.

March 9, 2011

56 comments

  • Krozan - April 16, 2011 11:18 a.m.

    there is a limit to the BS we gamers can listen to i finished grad school top of my class and still every day i played call of duty
  • shyfonzie - March 14, 2011 10:53 p.m.

    Well wait until they hear about the evils of "television".
  • yesIusetheM14 - March 13, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    Why can't people just accept the fact that video games are a hobby? And the "Their addicting!" excuse is bullshit. In a spray can. With a mist nozzle. Seriously, I had a friend who was addicted to his hobby-drawing. Should we ban drawing because it's addicting? Hell no! Also, it's good to see the world focused on shit that doesn't matter when they could be solving the economy problems, ending world hunger, curing every disease known to biotic organisms, or helping Japan. No, the one thing that matters is destroying yet another form of media. We could be out lighting things on fire, killing pedestrians, doing drugs or stealing from babies, but instead we stay at home, minding our own business and hurting nobody.
  • HeadSquidZombie - March 10, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    A rating of 15 or 18? Is this foreign, or are they just retarded?
  • mattdark - March 10, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    @ GamesRadar_MattCundy The exact headline read like this; IT'S THE ZZZBOX - Kids of 10 doze in class after playing till 4am - Primary pupils hooked on computer violence Yep, the article has barely even started and alredy they are trying to blame videogame violence. And only a week after saving space for a special review of Killzone 3...
  • D0CCON - March 10, 2011 12:28 a.m.

    Let's see, the kid who is top of the class in our grade likes games. 6 friends that I could name off the top of my head love games and their between the top 25%-33% of the class. I love games and this school year, I've racked up 5 A's, a A-'s, and 2 B+'s over 3 quarters (4 classes per quarter). All of those friends and I are in advance classes. The guys on the low end of the spectrum mostly don't play games. Many of them drink a lot. Many of them choose sports over education. Screw this story. (I'm sorry if I look like I'm bragging about my grades, I'm not trying to).
  • ThatGuyFromTV - March 9, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    yeah. research isn't exactly 100% accurate when the entire study group consists of a single class of kids all from one school.
  • fatguy19 - March 9, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    Video games are the root of all evil and is causing all the bad things in the world. As history shows us there were no crimes commited until the release of games. Anyone who likes games or has anything to do with making them should be lined up against a wall ans shot for the sake of the children.
  • 04whim - March 9, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    Now, if my memories from maths are correct, you need at least 30 examples for research to be considered valid. thats a minimum number... for such a broad generalisation, this research would need to involve hundreds of students, of different age, gender, ethnicity (different parental styles), social class, height:weight ratio. This is crap. and you just know there was at least one mum who took it seriously out there, that's the bit that stings, really.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 9, 2011 9:10 p.m.

    Short answer: It's the parent's problem. Also, if you want kids to design their own levels in video games... make sure they're not the COD kind of little kid. 0_o That could get ugly. "A-and then the beard guy kills a buncha Russian dudes on an exploding ship in SPAEC! And then theyrs blud evvvvverywhere! And den thy get off on a nudder spaceship and get on da gunn turrets and blow up a lotta Russian terrorist alien thingies! And then they all get NUKED! An is gotta be rated M cause dats cool!"
  • XLGirthMan - March 9, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    Per cent? Are these newspaper reporters 5?
  • Pry0citer - March 9, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    At my school, we don't play games, but we DO use the computers a LOT, we use online exercises, and some teachers even use the school forum for doing responses. Infact for History we had to play an online board game for a quiz grade. 9th grade, never thought the internet and gaming would be a part of school, and I'm glad it is. Sometimes we are allowed to use our phones for doing surveys via text, and for calculators in class. These people are fuckin retarded, if a kid stays up latre doing ANYTHING then has to go to... school, then... well yeah they will be cranky, that's common fucking sense. Have the kids go to bed on time, no matter WhAT they do, reading, watching TV, or gaming, they coulda blamed this on Comic Books or Rock and Roll music if this were few decades ago...
  • captnplanet - March 9, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    Hey, that looks easy. A local area teacher has been found experimenting on the 11 year old children in his class. Experiments include but are not limited to sleep deprivation, skipping meals, and exposure to supposedly addictive substances.
  • Mattattack - March 9, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    The research in this article proves that 78% of the children ave bad parents, who don't monitor them. Games are definately more beneficial to children than haring, I will take that arguement to the death! :D
  • P0LARCLAW - March 9, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    Didn't know nerdiness means being unfit for school. I guess my friends and I should drop out of all our AP courses.
  • corndog501 - March 9, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    This isn't even a good sociological test. Many review boards that look at studies such as these typically only acknowledge a study if it has 30 or more participants, who are also very diverse and come from different backgrounds as to prevent false conclusive evidence. The fact that this person doesn't even have a PhD makes it less credible.
  • sgt_phsco - March 9, 2011 8:09 p.m.

    As soon as I noticed it was done in Plymouth, I looked to see who had done the study because I am a Psychology undergraduate at the University of Plymouth.... and thankfully the 'researcher' is not part of the uni!! If it had been, I might have HAD to pay a visit to the researcher in question. Real researchers work for universities.
  • g4m3rk1dd - March 9, 2011 7:36 p.m.

    most / all computer games that i know require knowing how to read in order to play...haw can a child who plays "too many" computer games not know how to read? "Hand-eye coordination, memory exercise, problem solving skills... Ah, my early days with my Sega..." ive still got mine :D gonna go play some Toy Story right now
  • TeacherTimmay - March 9, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    I'm a primary school teacher and have used my PS3 in the class, I created a quiz about the science they'd been studying over the term for buzz which the children played through, which really got the children interested and they all enjoyed it. Recently I've also used beat sketcher which they loved. While I'd agree that too many children are playing unsuitable games for their age, it is best to make children themselves aware of the issues. Teachers need to realise that games aren't a problem they can actually be a tool to help teaching.
  • joemama - March 9, 2011 6:04 p.m.

    Its not video games fault we fall asleep schools boring.

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