Entries in 'addiction' (17)

Flappy Bird creator pulled game over addiction concerns

Flappy Bird creator pulled game over addiction concerns

Dong Nguyen has spoken publicly for the first time since the high profile removal of his hit title Flappy Bird from the world’s app stores.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Feb 11th 2014 at 9:54AM in News
Internet gaming addiction "changes the brain"

Internet gaming addiction "changes the brain"

Today’s copy of UK newspaper The Independent carries word of new research that suggests an addiction to the internet and online gaming could actually alter the brain.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 12th 2012 at 8:40AM in News
Two hours gaming = a line of cocaine

Two hours gaming = a line of cocaine

Just one day after claims linking video games to sleeplessness emerged, Lancashire based therapist Steve Pope has made some of the most bewildering accusations yet about the possible harmful effects ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Mar 10th 2011 at 8:32AM in News
BBC returns to games addiction

BBC returns to games addiction

Listeners to BBC Radio 5Live this morning have heard the broadcaster's return to the touchy subject of alleged video games addiction.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jan 28th 2011 at 10:54AM in News

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ITV promises fair games addiction investigation

ITV promises fair games addiction investigation

A flood of angry emails has prompted ITV to assure the industry that any investigation into video games addiction will be fair.

James Batchelor
by James Batchelor
on Dec 9th 2010 at 12:46PM in News
Lorraine Kelly investigates games addiction

Lorraine Kelly investigates games addiction

Clearly, ITV has missed the widespread backlash against the BBC’s Panorama on games addiction as it’s now launching its own investigation. And who better to head up this initiative than ...

James Batchelor
by James Batchelor
on Dec 8th 2010 at 4:45PM in News
Sceptical reaction to Panorama

Sceptical reaction to Panorama

Having finally been broadcast on BBC One last night, the media has reacted with cynicism to what is being widely labelled as an inconclusive and sensationalist report on the potential ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 7th 2010 at 10:47AM in News
OPINION: Panorama

OPINION: Panorama

In 2001 I spent six months in Sri Lanka. When you’re living and working in the jungle there’s not much to do of a night, and as a result I ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 6th 2010 at 1:55PM in News

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Panorama – a synopsis

Panorama – a synopsis

People have addictive personalities. Said people can conceivably become addicted to games. As games become more popular that risk increases. That’s the central premise of Panorama’s ‘Addicted to Games’, which ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 6th 2010 at 1:52PM in News
UKIE ready for Panorama

UKIE ready for Panorama

Ahead of Panorama’s ‘Addicted to Games?’ broadcast next Monday, video games trade body UKIE has highlighted the lack of any scientific evidence linking video games to addiction.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 2nd 2010 at 3:12PM in News
BBC’s Panorama turns on video games

BBC’s Panorama turns on video games

As if accusing FIFA execs of bribery wasn’t enough, next week BBC’s Panorama threatens to lift the lid on ‘games addiction’.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 1st 2010 at 3:20PM in News
Gaming likened to cocaine addiction

Gaming likened to cocaine addiction

In a sensational report that would have even The Daily Mail recoiling in horror and disgust, a story in The Lancashire Evening Post – as spotted by CVG – has ...

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on May 26th 2010 at 11:04AM in News

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Korea announces MMO curfew

Korea announces MMO curfew

The South Korean authorities have announced a new ‘gaming curfew’ to try and counter what is seen as the growing problem of MMO addiction in the country.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Apr 13th 2010 at 4:29PM in News
Authors defend ‘flawed’ addiction study

Authors defend ‘flawed’ addiction study

The National Institute on Media and the Family (NIMF) has defended its divisive ‘pathological addiction’ study findings following criticism from academics, media outlets and, most vehemently, the Entertainment ...

by Rob Crossley
on Apr 30th 2009 at 10:57AM in News
ESA challenges ‘pathological addiction’ study

ESA challenges ‘pathological addiction’ study

The Entertainment Software Association has hit back at a contentious study which recently concluded that 8.5 percent of young gamers are pathologically addicted to their hobby. 

by Rob Crossley
on Apr 28th 2009 at 10:55AM in News
Tanya Byron compares games to heroin addiction

Tanya Byron compares games to heroin addiction

Dr Tanya Byron may have became a ‘friend’ of the industry when conducting her six-month Government Review – but a new BBC TV show written and fronted by the child ...
by Tim Ingham
on Apr 15th 2008 at 7:56PM in News

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Report claims gaming addiction is real

Report claims gaming addiction is real

A survey of 1,178 US children conducted by research firm Harris Interactive has concluded that “gaming addiction is real and on the rise” with 8.5 per cent of the 8-18 ...
by Ben Parfitt
on Apr 4th 2007 at 4:15PM in News