NowGamer: BBC investigative show Panorama will turn its attention to the video game industry next week, with an episode titled "addicted to games?" But will it offer a balanced view of gaming?
In the UK Heroin Addicts can get given methadone. Alcoholics can get given booze. Does that mean i'll be given some low scoring games? Maybe even a second hand copy of Too Human or Lair?
World of Warcraft should be banned or at least treated like alcohol or tobbaco, with its corresponding restrictions I've seen quite a few lifes destroyed by WoW, and I barely got out, when The Burning Crusade came out
Its NOT the games fault its these people who get attached to it and its up to them if they want to stop or not, I played MGO for like 12 hours strait for months then I decided to cut down. simple as
Extreme MMO players watch out...
This is absolute nonsense. It's just another chance for lazy armchair pundits to be duped by a bunch of knee-jerk reactions, hyperbole and bias, so that they will actually believe that games are bad for their kids. There's no way this will be an unbiased programme, it'll likely feature a bunch of uninitiated 'experts' who have barely played a game in their life.
I don't know, the BBC is not so biased. They usually show both sides of the argument. I reckon they'll come to the conclusion that 'it depends'...
BBC & Channel 4 are world renowned for presenting the best & fairest angle on the subjects shown in their documentaries. They ain't exactly like Fox, who love turning the stupid & ignorant into scaremongering, prejudiced bigots.
I'm likely to get annoyed watching this. Idiots who don't know what they're talking about seem to love making wild accusations about what gaming DOES, but are so ill-informed that anything they say is nonsense. And those who watch it will believe their media-spin. Already getting annoyed...
Also: GTA trains CHILDREN to MURDER innocent people. And kittens.
Wow. Panorama are going to go nuts. Watch how unbalanced and biased this investigation is.
usually the only addicts are MMO players, as I can't see how somebody can be addicted to something else. I usually only play for an hour or 2 If I have nothing else to do and I'm done.
That is it, BBC, is investigating far too much into our realm!
Wow thats really in depth journalism there.
The BBC is absolutely brilliant. Its entire point is to be as unbiased as possible, it is funded entirely by public money - no outside influence at all. I'm not saying it will be great, I'm not even saying it will be good, but the BBC do not any agenda going into this so it has the potential to be half decent. Though, I think gamers need to open up a little - the industry is under attack all the time from the influence games can have on the mind, but addiction to something isn't necessarily always a fault of the product. If the BBC find that game developers don't try to intentionally manipulate the mind and reactions to try and get people addicted, then they'll say so, but if they find hints that they do, then they'll also report on that.
Totally agree the BBC is excellent - no problem with them in general and their lack of agenda. Panorama is a little different though, and the fact that even the Beeb's youth programming can't represent gamers properly suggests this will be ill-informed at best. Seriously car-crash TV waiting to happen IMO. Showing "youngsters who've dropped out of school and university to play games for anything up to 21 hours a day" and revealing "the hidden psychological devices in games that are designed to keep us coming back for more" - think the programme has probably made it's mind up...
Better a show about game addiction than violence in video games. I've already seen the advert for this Panorama and I can predict it'll be some kid who says "I play on my Wii sports for 3 hours a day". I can imagine those "addicted" play as much as the average user of this website.
I got addicted to MMO twice.. Ragnarok Online for at least 2 years and at least 2 years with RF. Didn't really drop out of school though but maybe it's a reason why I ain't the top 10 in our classes. I can't really blame games tho. I probably have an addictive personality and somewhat thankful that I play those instead of doing smoking and heroine. I consider it a better output afaik.
I don't know why people hold the BBC in such high esteem. Maybe they don't live in the UK or are happy to swallow the right wing bias propaganda. The BBC has long since lost its impartiality in my opinion. I used to watch their news channel but bored of its right wing leanings and almost blind support for the Labour party. The BBC is desperate for viewing figures as they slowly decline in face of the competition from the likes of Sky. I predict this to be a knee jerk production of poorly researched material with 'experts' giving unsubstantiated 'facts' as evidence gaming is evil incarnate and the internet is the route of all evil. This is the same BBC who chose to do a hatchet piece job on the gaming industry as the industry held an awards show. Guests were one person from Computer & Video Games (IIRC) and Julie Peasgood and Kelvin McKenzie. Julie Peasgood just shouted a lot and got very exciteable while both she and McKenzie ignored the simple fact that there are parental locks on the consoles and games are certified for certain age groups. They also ignored the person representing gaming when he rightly pointed out retailers are fined just as they are if they sell alcohol or cigarettes to underage customers. BBC - Biased Bullshit Corporation that clings to taxpayers money because their broadcasting has become so poor if people had the choice they would not pay for it.
Wasn't that Alan Titchmarsh show on ITV?
Yes my bad, I remember him from his BBC gardening show. Jeremy Vine is pretty good on Radio 2 but as soon as he's on TV on Panorama its like some flicks a switch.
It's because there doesn't be any ads whenever they show movies...lol!
I would hope that they include such games as Football/Soccer, Rugby and any other "Game". I know over here there are some pretty fanatical football (american) fans out there that would be clearly put into the addict pile.
Sick of panorama, they should be lynched for spoiling our world cup bid.
They should investigate the new Pac-Man (DX or whatever it's called). It's beyond addictive!
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