Shock Gaming Addiction Revelations on BBC’s Panorama

Posted on 7 December, 2010


Er, well not quite.  In fact its just another example of grotty and sensationalist journalism from the BBC in the form of a Panorama covering the issue of game addiction. Covering the issue, that is, in the kind of stereotypical and blinkered view we’ve become accustomed to on this topic. Games cause addiction – addiction is bad – games are bad. If only they’d presented a whisp of evidence to support this, perhaps the notion could be taken seriously.

It also cannot escape one’s attention that last weeks FIFA-focused Panorama was timed to coincide with the announcement of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts, and this weeks the release of all conquering World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm.  Not so much cunning timing as a cheap way of upping the viewer figures on poorly constructed programs.

There are insightful commentaries (and very lengthy comment threads) on this Panorama episode by John Walker on RPS, and on Eurogamer’s coverage which includes comments from TIGA’s Richard Wilson.

PS: rock and roll music is also the work of the devil, apparently.