Following the news earlier this week of the UK's first gaming addiction program, a counsellor from Broadway Lodge has spoken to IncGamers about the causes and treatment of gaming addiction.
Interesting as we've been told gaming addiction doesn't exist.
Whoever said that is silly.
My aching hands and dirty undies say otherwise...
Just goes to show people are capable of getting addicted to anything. It's just getting it out in the open.
Wow. That was actually surprisingly balanced. I'm glad Smith points out that there's the risk of games being demonised, but as with anything, people can take games to extremes. It's an interesting set of thoughts, but yeah, there needs to be more research.
Yeah, I was impressed by him to be honest. Seems like he's pretty open-minded towards gaming in general.
Which is a good thing for someone in that position to have. It'd be all too easy for him to go on a Games-Are-Evil crusade and get loads of publicity, but the balanced aspect actually makes people consider what he's saying. Hurray for responsible people!
How can people get addicted to them, sure they take up my whole night and day but it is normally the people I play the game with not just the game. Like football I guess
And yet the social interaction is still an aspect of the game, and the game itself tends to make it both desirable and interesting.
Some people are just predisposed towards an addiction of some kind and others can become cross-addicted through a combination of problems.
i nearly split up with my girlfriend over me being addicted to videogames ! my addiction to xbox live got so bad i kept thinking i was hearing the achievement unlocked sound all the time and everywhere! it started doing my head in so i had to tone my gaming down. its taken about a year to go from 5-6 hrs a day to about 5 hrs a week! i've only used my ps3 this week to listen to music and haven't even touched my xbox!
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