Tag Archives: 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. 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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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 found myself getting engrossed in, amongst other things, the Harry Potter books. There were many blurry-eyed mornings caused by a …

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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 airs on BBC one tonight at 20:30. Where the programme slides into murky territory, however, is the insinuation that developers …

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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. There is no official medical diagnosis of video game addiction, either from the American Medical Association or the World Health Organization,” director general …

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BBCs 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’. With an agenda sure to put UKIE and senior publisher PR teams on red alert, the show examines ‘how manufacturers ensure gamers keep coming back for more’. Earlier this …

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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 likened video game ‘addiction’ to taking cocaine. Counsellor Steve Pope told the paper: A lot of young people get themselves …

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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. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s policy, as reported by The Korea Herald, intends to forcefully block or incrementally slow down the …

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