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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 4:08PM Irem said

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@Drunken Irish Sniper
That's a vile thing to say. Absolutely vile.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 4:26PM Drunken Irish Sniper said

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@Irem. It may be but I'm not going to lie.
That's what most people think but don't say.

I personally can't stand mentally weak people.
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Posted: Dec 6th 2010 4:11PM Mykell said

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Players have a responsibility as do Blizzard. If i own a bar and an addict comes in at 10am and starts to drink and i keep serving him all day till 9pm when he can barely stumble out the door and he hops in a car and kills someone i would have to take some responsibility for knowingly serving him when he had way too much.

Posted: Dec 6th 2010 4:14PM archipelagos said

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Absolutely terrible documentary. The narrator's alternative for videogaming on a weekend? Go out and drink. That's right folks! You simply have the wrong addiction, be an alcoholic like most of your peers! What a joke. Of course, let's ignore the terrible damage that alcoholism does to the country, let's focus on videogames! They all need a slap.

Posted: Dec 6th 2010 7:06PM Nellie said

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I always find the media coverage of video games to be maddeningly irritating, probably because I'm a journalist myself. Stories on things such as "video game addiction" are almost always fake trend stories, (because no data actually exists) and those are always the kind of stories that just grind my gears.

I have mixed feelings anyway on video game addiction, probably because I've been accused of being addicted. I laugh every time my mom sends me a link to a story about supposed MMO addiction. Yes, I've stayed up way too late playing games, but I've also done that reading books, reading/watching things online and watching movies. Insomnia is my problem; I've been loosing sleep with hobbies way before MMOs were even invented.

Posted: Dec 7th 2010 7:01PM burnleyjohn said

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I watched this programme and it seemed to skirt around the real issue which is the general lack of understanding among people about how to handle this new media.

Parents hold part of the blame because they are completely ignorant of what video games are and how they are best enjoyed.

But on the other hand I don't think developers appreciate just how deeply parents fail to understand what video games are all about.

Children and young adults also need to understand the need to maintain a healthy work/life/gaming balance, but it's not up to video game developers to teach children this. The programme did a bad job of investigating just how poorly parents are at understanding their children's hobbies and I think this was mostly down to the presenter/reporter who identified himself as a parent with little interest in games. However, he did acknowledge that he would have to take more interest in the games his children are playing in order to understand what effects they were having on them. Mention was also made of the generation split, with video games being the new rock and roll alienating parents from their children.

All in all, it was a fair assessment of the situation, but I can see someone who already has a negative stereotype about video games having his views reinforced watching this programme. It would have been nice if the reporter had been a gaming parent, and more effort had been made to show gaming from a gamer's perspective.

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