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“2 Hours Gaming = Same As Taking Cocaine”

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 ]

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  • You said it right – “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.” There may be some truth to it but it’s not as bad as he makes out.

  • Mr. Lucha

    The same as taking coca cola maybe.

  • I always find it ridiculous to see how much blame gets put on the video games instead of the parents for monitoring their children. I think that if parents would take responsibility and limit the amount of games their kids play, as well as what games they’re allowed to play, this wouldn’t be such a problem. There’s a reason for those ratings, don’t go around letting children play GTA if they’re not mature enough to distinguish fantasy from real life. That’s my opinion anyway.

  • Alex

    If 2 hours of gaming is like a line of cocaine, then cocaine is the most over-rated thing since GTA4.

    And gaming may lead to problems “such as obesity”, yet the 24-hour gaming session addict didn’t eat anything :p

  • Mr. Lucha

    Testify Alex.

  • James Martin

    Whilst it is the prime responsibility of the parents to not allow their kids to not have games which age rating is above their age, the kids who play these games legally (ie 19 year olds) still have more of a chance to get violent. I think there’s truth in these statements, and a lot of people just disregard them because it’s badmouthing the thing that they love. Not a surprise really that they’d want to defend themselves.