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Disputed video game paper retracted after five years

Academic watchdog blog Retraction Watch reported that, after a years-long dispute, the journal Communication Research has retracted a paper originally published in 2012. The paper suggested there might be some effects of first-person shooter video games on players, but two outside researchers noticed statistical inconsistencies that suggested the data were positively skewed.

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Video game playing, addiction, and the role of context

A blogpost from Professor Mark Griffiths (Nottingham Trent University - International Gaming Research Unit - Psychology Division) about two case studies of two male gamers claiming to be playing for up to 80 hours a week.

"Online gaming addiction should be characterized by the extent to which excessive gaming impacts negatively on other areas of the gamers’ lives rather than the amount of time spent playing. For me, an activity cannot be described as an addiction if there are few (or no) negative consequences in the player’s life even if the gamer is playing 14 hours a day. The difference between a healthy enthusiasm and an addiction is that healthy enthusiasms add to life, addictions take away from it."

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Media Violence: Moral Panic or Injury?

NOVA is a research institute of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. It has published a report that summarises and discusses the findings from research on the association between violence in the media (including video games) and personal violence in practice. The report reviews academic literature between 1995 until 2010, supplemented with contributions prior to 1995 which are of particular interest.

On the basis of the studies of this report NOVA does not find any reason to exercise extreme caution in giving advice or making recommendations.
A prudent conclusion would be that media violence can be injurious for some. The uncertainty associated with this is nevertheless so large that it is difficult to defend comprehensive and costly measures which would reduce media violence to a degree [...]. On this basis, we cannot base our relation to media violence on the extent to which it can be maintained that such violence is injurious. An evaluation of media violence should preferably be controlled by those values which society wishes to promote, and which ultimately cannot be measured empirically.

The full study can be downloaded on NOVA's website.

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Excessive Online Computer Use and Learning Disabilities

Research from Professor Mark Griffiths (Nottingham Trent University - International Gaming Research Unit - Psychology Division) in 2010, on excessive online gaming. 

"Research suggests that a small minority of adolescents may display problematic gaming behaviour and that some of these individuals may be addicted to online games, including those who have learning disabilities. This article begins by examining a case study of a 15year old adolescent with a learning disability who appeared to be addicted to various computer and internet applications." The article also describes therapeutic benefits of gaming, examines potential factors in gaming addiction and concludes with some advice for parents.

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Online Computer Gaming: Advice for parents and teachers

Research from Prof. Mark Griffiths on online gaming "addiction". The author concludes with some golden rules for online gaming and advices to parents. 

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