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posted by mattie_p on Tuesday February 25 2014, @02:11PM   Printer-friendly
from the games-watch-you! dept.

siliconwafer writes: "An article in The Economist raises some interesting points about addiction to video games, drawing from psychology and sociology to describe why certain people prefer certain types of games, and why they might become addicted to them. It is suggested that to discourage addiction, game designers could have their games recognize addictive behavior and respond to it by encouraging gamers to take breaks. Do game designers have any responsibility to recognize addictive behavior, or does this responsibility fall solely on the gamer (or the gamer's parents in the case of a minor)?"

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  • (Score: 1) by JeanCroix on Tuesday February 25 2014, @04:19PM

    by JeanCroix (573) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @04:19PM (#6704)
    I thought we were going to talk about the best sources for Skooma.
  • (Score: 1) by ementaler on Tuesday February 25 2014, @04:48PM

    by ementaler (1796) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @04:48PM (#6727)

    Children should be educated from an early age about addictive behavior. Heck, parents as well. Too many times have I seen them trading games for child's compliance. Sad.