Via gamepolitics, the fifth estate televised a report on Brandon Crisp and his relation to video game addiction. I wasn’t interested in the case since it first broke news some time ago because it was family matter much like that video game industry rep said. What made me watch the report is to make sure they get their info right, namely any studies they mention.
Well, they mentioned one study which suggested that one in twelve video game players can be clinically diagnosed as addicted. I’ll visit their website or ask the journalists involved to cough up the study and maybe I can say yay or nay. I suspect the study involves MMO players, it may have some generalizability issues or some other related problems in video game addiction research.
Most of the report, I can’t really relate since I don’t play Call of Duty 4 or don’t know much about professional gaming. But there are few highlights that snapped me to attention.
- Dr. David Walsh, he took a few jabs on the video games industry to take on some responsibility. I suspect he’s got more and better things to say than what we’re shown.
- (asinine) The use of Command and Conquer: Generals’ theme, which is annoying. From my point of view, using this theme is not in good style. Stop that!
- Robbie Cooper‘s Immersion project. A video can be seen from the New York Times.
- The insistent push by the journalists into the video game industry and unto the audience that the industry should take a big responsibility in regulating video game sales to minors.
- Reporter Gillian Findlay insisting that violent video games should have bigger warning signs. Reminded me of those warnings on those cigarettes packs. My take is nay, it’s been said suggested before, it’s just sad and more education for parents and kids to learn about those ratings. It makes me wonder how parents learn the movie ratings, by growing up with these ratings?
- A missing point about kids playing violent video games, if parents don’t buy violent video games, It’s just not through the internet kids can play violent video games, their kids can find a friend who has parents that will buy them.
- (4chanesque attitude) Reporter Gillian Findlay gaming fail.
- Findlay’s comment on whether players get tired of killing people and her skepticism of whether gaming can be considered competitive sports. Anything that induces competition and betting can be considered sports.
- The annoying use of figurines and classical music. I felt like they wanted to piss off someone.
I generally loathe journalists as they selectively disclose information that they think is important without input from the interviewees (i.e. cutting parts of the interview and showing parts the consider important from their point of view). I know they have word limits, or time limits in what they can disclose. This is why this blog was created because I can say a lot and don’t care if I bore some readers.