The UK news media has decided to recycle the age-old "games are addictive due to a new study" again today - this time the recent furore over Fortnite seems to be the instigator. I've been sat here, grumbling to myself about the reporting, trying not to get hugely peed off at the often baffling opinions of the people voicing their opinions in the news. I can't see that this is any worse that what's happened before, just wrapped up in a different package. These stories (certainly here in the UK) seem to come up every now and then, particularly when a game steps out of gaming culture and becomes recognisable outside of those 'in the know', as Fortnite seems to currently be. DOOM (not the new one) and Mortal Kombat, I remember having a similar level of news coverage, and bringing up similar debates. But, as with these previous cases, everyone complaining on the news just seems to be pretty clueless about what is going on - and how to deal with it.
I think one of the most annoying thing about it is, they don't seem to ask anyone who enjoys games how they think about its addictive qualities. Do any of you think it's a genuine issue, a problem but one from other influences outside of games themselves or just a media creation because they haven't much else to talk about?
Personally, I think the addictive behaviour is something more or less prevalent in different people, e.g. if it wasn't a game it would be something else. Almost everyone I have met that has had a time in their lives where it could be considered an unhealthy addiction to a game, has had other things that that have developed habits or obsessions around too. Also, if my parents had a concern with how much time I might have spent on a game, they offered positive alternatives rather that threaten punishment for not stopping. Most of the parents being interviewed on the news seem to only punish or confiscate and certainly can't suggest what they offer to entertain a child's growing mind if they do remove the stimulus of a game. Maybe I was just lucky though, having parents who cared that there was a range of things to keep me and my sister busy. I guess being a child before mobile phones were smaller than a family car might mean I have a outmoded view on all of this.
Sorry for the rant, but I'm alone in the office today so there is no one vent to.