Not my words but those of a leading UK therapist in a shocking report in the Lancashire Evening Post. In the report, Steve Pope makes the claim about how he feels there is a link between length of time children play games and the increased likelihood of them getting violent.
Of course this is the latest in a long line of ‘experts’ voicing their opinion about how evil video games are and how we’d all be better people if we didn’t play them. I am sure he meant well but the metaphor he has chosen is one that will get a reaction from the gaming world. The newspaper may have sensationalised the report but as fellow game players, I urge you to read the full article for yourself and post your comments below. Here are a few choice quotes from the report.
“Spending two hours on a game station is equivalent to taking a line of cocaine in the high it produces.”
He added: “It is the fastest growing addiction in the country and this is affecting young people mentally, as well as leading to physical problems such as obesity.”
“I saw one 14-year-old Preston boy who played on games for 24 hours non stop and had not eaten and was showing signs of dehydration.
“When his parents tried to take his console away, he became aggressive and threatened to jump out of a window.”
[ Source: Lancashire Evening Post ]