Anyone going to watch this? Could be interesting but I've known the BBC (with a few exceptions) to be pretty anti-video games.
" I can guarantee that it ill be overblown bullshit. Panorama is normally the Daily Mail for television. I'd honestly be surprised if they were going to look at it from a non-biased standpoint, but that won't happen. They are going to convince a few more people that videogames are the reason for murders and youth crime going up, while blaming global warming for making the new criminals fat and poor at these new roles they have taken. Lovely. "Weird how I was notified for your post. Maybe it's fate, your words must be read!
As long as it is in their interest to do so, the BBC will likely continue programs like this that reinforce negative views of videogames. However, I have not seen the show so maybe it won't be the same.
It's the TV form of comfort food for parents, they feel justified in thinking video-games are bad for their children and feel like good parents.
I'll probably watch it. Its usually as amusing as it is frustrating to see how little they research these kind of shows. So many half truths and straight up fabrications are given as fact. Only a matter of time till some new thing comes along for people to get their knickers in a twist over and videogames will be left alone.
This isn't totally bullshit, there is obviously a problem some people have with addiction to video games. I think panorama will make it seem disproportionately large though. Whatever, nothing will happen because of it. There is big enough support for Games in the UK that we will not turn into Australia.
Just watched the program. I thought it was pretty good. They made it quite clear that gaming is ordinarily fine, and that it's a rarity for addictions to arise. More research does need to be done into this area, and that seems to be the overall theme.
I was disappointed in some of the lack of elaboration. For example, they only briefly brushed over the cultural differences between gaming in South Korea and gaming in the west, which are pretty significant. Having said that though, it's only a half hour program, and I'm sure it didn't make sense spending 5 of those minutes explaining just how huge gaming is in Korea.
Another thing I feel they didn't talk about enough is the importance of responsible parenting when it comes to children. If a parent is fully aware of how much their child is playing video games, what video games they are playing, and they have full control over their childs gaming, an addiction should not arise during childhood.
I caught the tail end of it... I was surprised, I expected it to be a load of Hotspur, a steaming pile of Tottenham - but I get what they were trying to say. At the same time, to me it was over sensationalized. The fact is people have problems with all sorts of benign aspects of life, dieting, exercise, gambling drinking, watching TV, sex...
I think the problem is perhaps 'some people' some people smoke cigarettes and stop without a problem, some smoke until they're 97 and are fine, a good few die of lung cancer in their early forties.... Okay - that example, risk vs reward = don't smoke. With gaming, I tend to think the evidence is that the risk of having a problem is very slim. I suppose maybe the moral is to try and think about what you're doing rather than just going with it and try to see how things are affecting you.
Could have been worse - but for me the usual over-sensationalized panaroma format, over-used and getting tired.
I just finished watching it, and I was ready to be in uproar about it. They had a tendency to focus on the media BS that shows all the really worse scenarios possible, like the couple in Korea that let their daughter starve to death because they spent all their time 10 feet from their house in the PC Bong. I must admit though, they did say that that couple had a higher susceptibility to addiction that most.
When he talked to those parents and asked when did they notice, it took them ages to even figure out that their kid playing games for 10 hours a day is bad thing. At some point, that is just bad parenting and parents using games as baby sitters. Again though, the program was not as biased as say, that Alan Titchmarsh thing, but still could have been done better. I do appreciate the openly addicted kid at the end saying that Blizzard isn't at fault just because they made an awesome game...
No they're not, the BBC is, generally, regarded as one of the best unbiased media + news sources in the world. It's an issue that needs to be discussed, but I think the thing that annoys most gamers, is that this addiction can be applied to any activity really, often it's merely a glaze for bigger issues, something they do allude too, but don't spend much time on it.
Ian Livingstone sums it up really :
"You could say people get addicted to football (soccer for you Americans), or get addicted to TV – they used to say people were addicted to television."
For those in the UK (or using a proxy server) http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00wlmj0/Panorama_Addicted_to_Games/
My friend emailed me his oppinion:
"Did you watch yesterday's Panorama on computer game "addiction"? A shocking piece of sloppy, sensationalist, tabloid journalism from an organisation and a program that really should know better. No attempt to question what "addiction" meant, and whether the cases examined actually qualified (they didn't, the word was bandied about by lazy tossers looking to excuse their own poor behaviour), and no attempt to quantify the size of this so-called 'problem', i.e. millions of people play games every day without losing their job or letting their kids starve to death.