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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 10:10AM Vgk said

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I think the real question is what the hell is 'problem gaming' and how on earth do you measure it?

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 11:07AM Lenn said

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@Vgk You have to scroll down a bit on the website mentioned below this article, but eventually you'll come across this:

• You spend an increasing amount of time playing video games.
• You usually play video games over a longer period than you intended.
• When you cannot play video games, you get restless or irritable.
• When you feel bad, for example, nervous, sad, or angry, or when you have problems, you play video games more often.
• In order to play video games you have skipped classes or work, or lied, or stolen, or had an argument or a fight with someone.

With 95% apparently not showing any signs of the above, my wholly unscientific conclusion would be that there really isn't a problem after all and that these pseudo-psychologists should quit wasting valuable grant money and get a real frigging job.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 11:40AM pid said

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@Lenn Lol. Let's correct this a bit:

• You spend an increasing amount of time eating.
• You usually eat over a longer period than you intended.
• When you cannot eat, you get restless or irritable.
• When you feel bad, for example, nervous, sad, or angry, or when you have problems, you eat more often.
• In order to eat you have skipped classes or work, or lied, or stolen, or had an argument or a fight with someone.

Strange. Eating is never a psychological problem... maybe the real problem has to be found somewhere else, then? Like, outside the players mind?

And, BTW, it's hilarious how american "scientists" always come up with names for things that really do not need a name or already have one. Like "drinking problem". When I have a "drinking problem" I cannot drink that f***ing water/beer because it's too cold (or something like that).

Hey, wait! I think I have a replying problem disorder situation here!!
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 11:49AM Chiren said

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@Vgk

Look at WoW or SWTOR forums, and you will find your answer.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 12:02PM (Unverified) said

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@pid
Wow, way to pick the worst comparison possible.
Eating disorders and addiction are a real problem.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 12:11PM drunkingamebar said

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People with no control are a problem.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 12:46PM Utakata said

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@pid

That reminds of a frat party my friends invited me to once, where their moto was that they "drink responsibly"...about every 5 minuts.

I digress...
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 10:13AM deffbee said

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Man they just can't wait to get an official diagnosis for "problem gaming" so they hock some more of their prescription meds.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 10:14AM Carnagh said

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So the study found that 5% of people have problems moderating their behavior... Did these guys get paid to publish that because if they did there's some things I'd like to "publish" if they're paying. How about this... 5% of people sleep to much... the horror.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 11:09AM SnarlingWolf said

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@Carnagh

Also this just in, "Hey we noticed that more of the people who said they had a problem gaming happened to say the same game".... yeah that's nice and all except for the games cited are THE MOST POPULAR GAMES. Therefore a bigger percentage of "problem gamers" will be playing those games because.... drumroll please.... a bigger percentage of gamers are playing those games.

The people doing these studies are both highly intelligent and good with math.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 10:15AM Balraw said

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"there is evidence to suggest that problem game-playing is linked to particular kinds of game genres," and that further research is needed.

Translated - "We want some more grant money"

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 10:25AM Zaken said

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@Balraw
Yeah this is usually what they want. I hate it when people spend grant money on useless and not well constructed study like this. A lot of money spent for nothing.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 11:17AM theBeast said

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@Balraw Bingo.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 10:16AM Dunraven said

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After seeing some of the whack jobs and Douche Nozzles playing MMO's I would say the problem runs deeper than time moderation.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 10:19AM (Unverified) said

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@Dunraven

LOL!
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 12:44PM Mendus said

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@Dunraven

Douche nozzles, sir I would like to take this time to shake your hand, that collection of words is delicious.
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Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 10:16AM Adeptus Enginus said

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To the researchers~

This is my foot. Please proceed to shove it as hard as possible.

Also, quit trying to find scapegoats for people with addiction problems.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 10:21AM Nerves said

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"there is evidence to suggest that problem game-playing is linked to particular kinds of game genres,"

I read "there is evidence to suggest that particular kinds of game genres attract people with 'problem game playing'".

How about they spend some money on how to prevent addiction instead of trying to attach blame to addictive outlets.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 10:22AM Zaken said

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So...does disorder causes game addiction or game addiction causes disorder ? Study like this never prove anything. We can't even correctly diagnose most of the mental disorder with 100% confidence, how can we even research the issue that might be from the possible causes.

Posted: Feb 3rd 2012 10:22AM (Unverified) said

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"The study found that five percent of participants reported "moderate to extreme problem game-playing.'"

5%? Statistically, doesn't seem like there's much of a problem at all. That's just slightly higher than the margin of error, isn't it? I don't know. Seems like you would need more than 5% of any given group before you should be able to "link" gaming to an "addiction" or whatever.

If 95% play these same games, and have no problems, I would say their data is fundamentally flawed. But, I could be wrong.

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