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Snooker’s Neil Robertson blames video game addiction for slump in form

Australian snooker player and former world champion Neil Robertson has claimed that he is recovering from video game addiction. Speaking to Eurosport, Robertson said that he’s been forced to go cold turkey after investing too much time in titles such as World of Warcraft, League of Legends and FIFA. I …

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Man suing Bethesda over Fallout 4 ‘addiction’ after he loses wife and job

A Siberian gamer who played Fallout 4 non-stop for three weeks is taking Bethesda to court, alleging that he became ‘addicted’ to the game. The 28-year-old claims no responsibility for the 21-day binge that he claims resulted in the loss of his wife and job. If I knew that this …

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UPDATE: The Sun ‘investigation’ claims gaming is ‘as addictive as heroin’

As if video games aren’t already bad enough, it has now been revealed that they are as addictive as another really bad thing. So says The Sun, anyhow, which has a spread in today’s paper (via @scully1888) with the headline: ‘Gaming as addictive as heroin’ carrying a ‘The Sun Investigation’ …

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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. And it transpires that the decision was caused simply by the Vietnamese developer’s concerns about the amount of time people were spending playing the simplistic …

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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. Researchers used MRI scanner to examine the brains of adolescents who spent excessive amount of time online, often playing online games. These images …

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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 of gaming. Spending two hours on a game station is equivalent to taking a line of cocaine in the high …

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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. The surprise report comes as the result of advice from government childhood safety advisor John Carr who has called for schools to educate kids about safe video gaming. Last …

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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. Yesterday, the broadcaster sent out invitations for gamers or their parents whose education or relationships have suffered because of video games – or have suffered from violence connected …

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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 long-time morning TV presenter, Lorraine Kelly? ITV has been issuing invitations to various specialist gaming media outlets, such as CVG, …

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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 effects of video games addiction. Check your calendar for a second. That’s right, this is 2010. Why, suddenly, is the …

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