Compulsive gamers 'not addicts'

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Steve Vosloo

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Nov 25, 2008, 7:43:12 AM11/25/08
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Quite an interesting piece:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7746471.stm

"In most cases of compulsive gaming, it is not addiction and in that
case, the solution lies elsewhere."

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Danny Day

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Nov 26, 2008, 7:31:14 AM11/26/08
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Y'know, had people tried the unique and untested approach of listening
to actual gamers, they'd have found this out much earlier.

Especially after Columbine. The net was aflame with good debate around
everything from gaming addiction to excessive violence to bullying as
a social phenomenon. Personally, I think that a lot of the feelings of
disenfranchisement that people remedy with games comes from the
rapidity of the feedback loops games provide. If you're a gamer you
*know* all this already, what's stopping other people finding it out
just as easily? That's a big disconnect there... Perhaps gamers need
to learn how to slow down their expectations to real-world pace ;)

On Nov 25, 2:43 pm, Steve Vosloo
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