Tivo Alert! Game Addiction Today on Dr. Phil

We’ve mentioned in recent weeks that Dr. Phil was planning to air a show focused on game addiction, and today is the day.

From the Dr. Phil website:

Computer games are supposed to be fun, but when a hobby turns into an obsession, virtual fantasy worlds can ruin lives and wreck marriages…

It looks as though Dr. Phil’s guests will include Liz Woolley, whose son Sean killed himself while playing Everquest. Liz has been an occasional visitor to GamePolitics over the years.

We’re expecting that Wendy Kays, wife of SOCOM lead designer Graham Kays may be on the show as well. Finally, Brad from ExGamer.net, another GP visitor, will be a guest.

GP: Thanks to GamePolitics reader Gamer137 for the reminder!

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  1. Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    Jack, you fail.



  2. Cecil475 says:

    "I was also disappointed to see the mother of the Everquest player who killed himself appear on yet another show.  She never misses an opportunity to blame Everquest for the death of her son."


    Everyone wants to be on TV. So She’s using her son’s death to do just that. Milking her 15 minutes for all its worth

     – Warren Lewis

    R.i.P GamePolitics 2005-2016

  3. Austin_Lewis says:

    Ah!  We’re talking about THAT one, my mistake, I thought we were talking about a much older case.

    Yeah, nevermind.

  4. spastkid says:

    They would call that person an avid reader… =)

    Not to be insulting to those avid readers amongst us, but that’s the way society is like. Even if said person only reads say "trashy romance novels" and the like.. =/


    Oooh! You mean there are people around with the mythical "Common Sense"?

  5. TBoneTony says:

    If I was Dr Phil. I would just cut the crap and start talking about Videogames being for everyone, for kids, teenagers AND adults.


    Also I would be talking about that while Videogames may be addictive, they also have got Save Spaces and also the game sometimes has got a pause button.


    Maybe hard to do that on online games but no matter how long you play a game, it is important to always stay in touch with your friends and family too.


    I have not seen the episode but if I was Dr Phil then I would be saying those things.


    Also when it comes to blaming videogames for the death of a son or daughter, blaming Videogames will never bring them back and it is a really sad but also a deeply negative way to go though the grieving process.


    The most important thing is NOT to blame Videogames, but to take some time to try and learn about how they were feeling and try to think about what was making them sad in the first place without blaming the Game they loved.


    If you blame Videogames, the further and further away you get from solving the really important problems in society.


    That is just my view though, if you don’t like it tough, but that is just my view.


  6. UhhKris says:

    Phil’s moustache looks like a caterpillar.

    What? Just saying.

    Oh, and what everyone else said about JT. I’m too tired to write a witty remark.

  7. Mendror says:

    Yeah its a sad, facts and studies do show that the majority of gamers are young adults. My mom used to say that games where for kids, till the mid 90s popped up and basicly became targeted for the teenagers to young adults (thinking since the majority of hardcore gamers grow up on the kid stuff)

    My whole entire family is gamer oriented, my moms a more casual gamer, while my brother and I are hardcore but we try to average our playtime between 2 to 3 hours a day. I’m 23 and my brothers 18.

    Also doesn’t help much that we mostly work swing shifts from 2pm to 10 every day.


  8. Austin_Lewis says:

    Well, she has to blame the game.  Otherwise, the only option left is that her son was poorly raised, and that seems to fall into the category of being her goddamn fault.

  9. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Just thought of something…what if a person spent 12 hours reading books?


    -Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! Jack Thompson is still a dick…

  10. jccalhoun says:

    I just finished watching the episode and it is the first episode of Dr Phil I’ve ever seen.  How do people watch this?  It is half previews and recaps and the other half commercials!

    Regardless, the show wasn’t all that negative but it was sad that although Phil started off the show citing a study that the average age of gamers is in the late 20s (or early 30s? I don’t remember exactly which stat he quoted) but then ever single time he said anything about videogames that wasn’t directed at his adult guests Phil was telling mothers to watch look after their children!  So even though Phil states that the average gamer is an adult he then goes on to pretend as if most of them are kids. 

    I was also disappointed to see the mother of the Everquest player who killed himself appear on yet another show.  She never misses an opportunity to blame Everquest for the death of her son.


  11. Paul T. Farinelli says:

    Oh, and a query Jack: if you advocate having game developers put a warning label saying "product may be addictive" on their games, then how about DVDs? Movies and television can be just as addictive as videogames, yet last I checked there was no addiction warning to be found on DVD cases, or before television programs for that matter.

  12. Untouchable says:

    I don’t think any of us are actually contending that video game addiction doesn’t exist, it quite clearly can be quite addictive to certain individuals.  We all have the problem about the fact that every single gamer is made out to be a potential addict when in actuality it’s only an incredibly minor percentage of gamers that show potentially addictive behaviour.



  13. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Why would anyone take advice from someone with a goddamn 70’s porn mustache?


    -Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! Jack Thompson is still a dick…

  14. Paul T. Farinelli says:

    No one’s arguing that playing videogames 12 hours a day is somehow a good thing. The problem most of us have with things like this little expose of Dr. Phil’s, Mr. Thompson, is that they tend to paint all those who play videogames as "addicts" who hide in their mom’s basement 24/7 playing Halo, when such is not the case for the great majority of video game players. I like games, but on average I only play them maybe 3 hours a week. You see, people tend to be different from one another. You can’t just make it sound as though all gamers are mindless addicts with no lives, no matter how much you’d like that to be the case.

  15. Loudspeaker says:

    Well JT can’t spell to save his career.  He’s already proven that.

    "Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

  16. Mattie says:

    Dr Fail just spent most of the time making fun of the 35 year old. And the "how old are you" comment pissed me off. And it was sttrange how the wife just lets her young son stay up late with the father. TAKE SOME DAMN RESPONSIBILITY!

  17. Neeneko says:

    I think the big language thing that needs to be addresses is, is this ‘video game addiciton’ or ‘hobby addiciton’, i.e. does it deserve it’s own term or is it simply yet another pleasent passtime that someone who has an internal issue can become obsessed with and go unhealthy?

    Far too often the object of obession gets the blame rather then the structure of the peron’s life (or their internal landscape, depending on the root cause) that caused them to seek out an alternative in the first place.

  18. cygnus666 says:

    Did Dr. Phil or anyone on his show stop to think that the fact that WHAT these people are addicted to is irrelevant? These people have addictive personalities, if it wasn’t video games it would be porn, if it wasn’t porn it would be alcohol or drugs, or gambling, prescription drugs, cocaine, prostitues…the list of addictions goes on and on. So its really stupid (although im sure great for ratings) to have a show about this topic. The video game industry has NOTHING to do with these peoples addictive personalities and its pretty pathetic of Phil to do this shit. He’s just a ratings whore like almost every show on tv. in the words of Maynard James Keenan:

    "All you read and Wear or see and Hear on TV Is a product Begging for your Fairly dirty Dollar. So … Shut up and Buy…my new record. send more money"

    —tool "hooker with a penis" 

  19. Erik says:

    Do you expect Jack to start listening to factual evidence this late in his now doomed career?  If Jack is going to ignore the official investigation on the Virginia Tech shooting do you honestly think he cares what Merriam Webster has to say?

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

  20. Flamespeak says:

    I am probably one of the few harcore gamers out there that does recognize that video games are quite addictive. No they are not addictive in the sense that you will suck a c*** for five minutes of play or anything of that nature, however, they do have a tendency to pervade your thoughts (and my own) from time to time and there are plenty of times when I personally have been really anxious for a new game or to get home and play some more of an old game I have. I literally start getting happy thinking about it.

    The reason is this: Instant rewards.

    Your brain emits a hormone that causes a very, very slight sense of euphoria when you accomplish a goal (in real life or in gaming). It is that natural sense of, well, awesome you feel when something went just right. You could call it a sense of satisfaction. Well, accomplishing a goal in a video game triggers this feeling. You get it, otherwise you wouldn’t enjoy playing the things. This is not a problem for most people, it is like hearing jokes or watching a movie. They get their enjoyment and move on and if they don’t play again for many days, weeks, months, or year (maybe forever) they are fine. Some people, a small percentage, don’t get this sensation from other sources, or when they do it is really rare, and they feel compelled to stay with the item that brings them such a feeling.

    Is addiction a problem? For those that can be affected by it, yes it is. I had a co-worker lose his job, his wife, and most of his belongings because of his utter refusal to stop playing World of Warcraft for example, but that is a rare thing. He wouldn’t spend time with his family, he used all of his leave from a decent job, and stopped paying his bills (except for the electricity, internet, and online fees) to just play more of the game and would become irrate and downright aggressive to anyone that tried to stop him from playing.  He is better now, but it did make me realize that video game addiction does exist, but it truly is a very, VERY rare thing.

  21. DCOW says:

    oh my, you actually think your witty because you can make a grammar error.

    here’s one too. jackthompsonsoontobedisbarred

  22. King Droid says:

     Oh God no! Not the Phil! I thought this guy was kicked off the air by now. Any who, I smell one freshly baked episode of Dr.Biast.

  23. HarmlessBunny says:

    Actually Jack, "gameridiot" is *ahem* GAMER IDIOT. Seeeeee two words. Maybe be able to hyphenate it though. "gamer-idiot" Hmmm yeah you could do that as well. Maybe now that you are out of a job…going back to school is a good option! 🙂

    Edit: BAH! EZK beat me to it! Curses!

  24. DavCube says:

    …….really, sir?


    Good luck trying to get Websters to accept that one.

    Take some of your own advice: Grow up, and get a life.

  25. DarkSaber says:

    How about not killing what was a very snappy comeback by cloning it to death?


    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

  26. Sigvatr says:

    I have a feeling that the type of people who watch Dr. Phil aren’t the types of people with easy access or know-how to get ahold of his fraudulent credentials via the interwebs.

    People who watch TV don’t use the internet apparently, so don’t worry about thoses couch potatoes finding out the truth any time soon!

  27. Geoff says:

    This guy’s a hack.  I can’t stand him.  This theories and ideas are the usual crap one would find in the "self-help" section of the bookstore.  I’ve got several friends who went to school for psychology, one of them is actually working on her PHD for depth psychologh, and they all loathe this man.

    I won’t be watching the show, but I’ll be amused to hear just how far down the crapper they go.


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  28. Flowerbed says:

    Scientific rationale at it’s best 😛 hehe

    I’d say the same thing, but have you actually thought about the mental image? Dr. Phil, on his knees… regretting it yet? I am!

    Anyone with half a brain-cell knows that Dr.Phil is a complete joke. Which, i must admit, is unfortuante for anyone who goes on his show, as they are really wasting their time and genuine problems/issues/topics on such a blatent fraudster….


  29. Brokenscope says:

    Documented cases in South Korea.

    I’ve done that every so often for a party or when I just feel like taking a day. I’ve also spent 12 hours at a sporting Clays place.


    However, its not an addiction, its an Impulse Control Disorder.

  30. Cecil475 says:

    Hey Jack!

    Tick Tock! Four Days, zero hours fifty-seven minutes, thirty seconds, till Jack Thompson is disbarred. Tick Tock!

    10/26/2008 – Jack Thompson day!

     – Warren Lewis

    R.i.P GamePolitics 2005-2016

  31. DarkTetsuya says:

    I wouldn’t go in expecting him to not call you a ‘wastoid terrorist druggie dropout’ (or something equally as idiotic) though. :/

    4 days and 1 hour!

    — "Jack and listen are two words that don’t go together…just like Jack and sanity, Jack and truth, Jack and proof, Jack and win…" — sortableturnip | http://www.orangeloungeradio.com/

  32. SeanB says:

    i could never have imagined that JT would take my comment this far out of context, or that he would read it at all. I have however tried to open a dialog with him, and hope he takes me up on my offer.

  33. SeanB says:

    This is in reply to direct comments from JT to me.

    1) Wow, a personal reply from jack thompson. I should feel blessed. You’ve never responded to any of my other memo’s, even when i tried talking to you directly. Guess i need to try the indirect route. I really do want to talk to you in a non public forum, but getting contact with you isn’t easy.

    2) You seem to think this entire world suffers from a complete polarization of subjects. You assume that because I made a comment on Dr Phil’s ability to be even and fair, that I think he’s going to bastardize all gamers the way you do. This was not my point, nor was my point ANYTHING about gamers at all. I was making a point about the way Dr Phil usualy conducts his interviews.

    3) For there to be "another side" to this issue, there needs to be a "first side". Without watching the episode, you seem to have already made an assumption about the content of the show. I will do no such thing. If you would like my comments on the show, once i’ve seen it, my email address is available through this website. Send Dennis a link to this post, i give him permission to give you my email address. I would love to have yours as well, but i’m sure if you posted it you’d be E-Bombed.

  34. hellfire7885 says:

    Well no wonder he can’t read.

    Having to lean in THAT close just to see the screen or keyboard has to be damaging to the eyes, and by extension the mind.

  35. Zevorick says:

    Indeed. Though, just a quick clarification… He is most certainly right about one thing. APA is considering video game addiction a mental disorder. There is a little caveat to that, though, which he is missing the point of. They are lumping together gaming, gambling, sexual, and other addictions to give them a classification within the DSM V (sorry for previous typo. stupid new editions). It’s a more GLOBAL definition of addiction, one that goes beyond the scope of substances. Why would they be worried about this? Because in order to get insurance companies to pony up for psychological services, you… need… a…. diagnosis!!!!! Without it, you’ll be paying completely out of pocket, and that’s most certainly detrimental to treatment. As it is right now, good luck getting insurance to pay for your game (INCLUDING online gambling) addiction therapy. There are companies that will do it, but there are more that won’t. That’s why psychologists, for the most part, froth at the mouth to get SOME kind of diagnosis from their clients, whether they tell them what it is or not. They NEED to get something written down on paper for the benefit of the client.

  36. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Quit puting words in people’s mouthes. Poor bastard, your frontal lobes are just drowning from all that disbarment, aren’t they?


    -Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! Jack Thompson is still a dick…

  37. DavCube says:

    We know that and have been stressing that, if you’ve been reading the responses.

    It’s just not the one-to-one ratio that Mr. Thompson claims… er, rather, ‘wishes’ it to be.

  38. Neeneko says:

    Maybe he could do a show about how conversion to evangelical christianity destroys families, causes fathers to rape their daugheters and beat their wives, mothers to passivly aggressivly destroy their children, and the resulting suicides from those messes.

    I’ve known more people who killed themselves due to over-zealous converted christian parents then video games.  maybe dr. phil should go over that pandemic before it destroys america.

  39. Leet Gamer Jargon says:

    <looks at JT’s post and the replies made to him>

    Nice. Real nice job, SeanB. *facepalm*

    Game on, brothers and sisters.

  40. JustChris says:

    You don’t have to try to be outrageous anymore. There isn’t a single person left here who takes you seriously.

    please cut both your hands off.

    The art of "smooth talking" in the law industry seems to be a dying one.

  41. Erik says:

    I think that Dr. Phil should do a show on fax machine and email addiction.  How many of those do you send out a day Jack?

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

  42. C. Aaron Browbowski Jr. says:

    you don’t know JTroll and ass-icoates might still come after you, but we all know that JT loves suing more than cumshots

    Jesus Jack Jones Thompson…. is dead… (funeral udruge, followed by Celebrate 😀 )

  43. C. Aaron Browbowski Jr. says:

    guys, my FELLOW gamers, i’m deeply sorry to say this, but this troll might have some sort of a point, even though it is twisted…

    sadly we do sometimes take video games and we turn it into an addiction, this is probably the first time im agreeing with a cow… and cows disagree with me! one thing is for certain is that people get hooked on weed, alcohol, or something that looks like a harmless hobby like video games!

    i mean i’m not trying to disagree with the majority of my fellow gamers, but some people do get hooked on video games, no joke! however i do believe the "cut off your hands" remark was out of line, but then again when is JT never?

    Jesus Jack Jones Thompson…. is dead… (funeral udruge, followed by Celebrate 😀 )

  44. Zevorick says:

    You know… I had a logical thought out post that would refute you, just like always, but this time I decided not to. What’s the point? You can’t see beyond your own nose anyway so it’s kind of a mute cause at this point.

  45. Leet Gamer Jargon says:

    Jack, you moron. We know that game addiction is real. But it’s the same as every other addiction: it depends on whether or not the person has an addictive personality. There are some people who can act responsibly and do things in moderation, and there are those who lose complete control over themselves and do things in excess, sacrificing everything else to fulfill their need.

    Now stop hatin’ on your betters, chill off….and go cut your hands off, so you can’t file any more ridiculous court filings or fill Game Politics with your idiotic hatespeech. Have a nice day!

    Game on, brothers and sisters.

  46. sortableturnip says:

    "Go ahead, write the script for an "even handed" show on all this, and then, by all means, please cut both your hands off."

    We could say the same for you and your incoherent court filings…less than 5 days to go, Jack!

  47. NovaBlack says:

    wow.. you cant even get being stupid right JT.

    How do i hold the scalpel once ive cut off hand A, to then cut hand B.

  48. DavCube says:

    Psh, i’m not afraid of some nutter who depends on lying to make himself feel special. He’s too chicken to take the chance to prove himself right, anyway. If he DID go through with it, i’d just end up making that money instead of him.

  49. DavCube says:

    Gambling is not the same as alcoholism. With gambling, there is no mind-altering substance involved.

    Video games are not alcohol, Mr. Thompson. Of course video games have the potential to be addicting to the susceptable. It’s simply not the same sort of addiction as it is to alcohol or drugs. Learn the difference.

    Oh, and telling someone to cut their hands off isn’t exactly professional, Mr. Thompson. But what should i expect from someone who says that anyone who speaks against you should be legally executed.

    David "DavCube" Gagnon, Mature Human Being, And You’re Not.

    PS: Still waiting for you to try and sue me, sir. I gave you my e-mail address. If you’re so convinced you’ll still be a lawyer by this saturday, why not try? You’re so ‘invincible,’ why not try to make a couple more bucks on the side?

  50. GoodRobotUs says:

    Two of those are Chemical addictions.

    Even handed, as you know, but are too arrogant to admit, means accepting that game addiction can happen, but that, like gambling, it is a trait of the person playing, not the game itself, it’s called an addictive personality.

    For example, imagine a lawyer who obsessively posts insults on an online blog, he just can’t help himself, civil debate is totally beyond him because he gets a ‘buzz’ out of hurling insults at people, kind of like a case of digital Tourettes Syndrome. It’s not the blog making him do that, it’s his own obsessive compulsive personality that is the problem.

  51. Inimical says:

    Not everyone who gambles becomes addicted to it, not everyone who uses drugs become addicted to it (this includes alcohol) and not everyone who games becomes addicted to it. It’s not an addiction until you are either a) Physically dependent, or b) it impedes and severely interferes with your life.

    Judging by all of the other fine programming "Dr." Phil has on his record, I sincerely doubt we’ll see anything that indicates pre-dispositions to addiction of any kind or a personality type consistent with addictive behaviours JUST LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE YOU DESCRIBED.

    Face it, Jack. Games are not the bane of society, they’re just a way for you to get your name out there.

  52. VideolandHero says:

    please cut both your hands off

    Most stupid thing I’ve heard all day.

    — Official Protector of Videoland!

  53. Jack Thompson Attorney and You Are Not says:

    You want it "even handed" huh.  What’s the other side of video game addiction?  That there is no such thing?  Is that your point?

    Great, so ask Dr. Phil to do a show about how there is no evidence that gambling is an addictive behavior, that alcoholism doesn’t exist, and that drug use is just a myth.

    Now that would be your version of being even-handed, that kids playing video games for 12 hours a day is not a problem or that it doesn’t exist, or it is all a fabrication of game-haters!  Go ahead, write the script for an "even handed" show on all this, and then, by all means, please cut both your hands off.  Jack Thompson 



  54. jccalhoun says:

    Well it is nice that you have at least stopped citing that Washington Post Blog that was taken offline but now you are resorting to mistquotes and fabrications.

    The article you mention is probably "Before Deadly Rage, a Life Consumed by a Troubling Silence?" http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/us/22vatech.html  None of Cho’s immediate family are quoted in that article. The only people quoted are his family back in Korea and next door neighbors.  Here’s the entire section of the article devoted to videogames: "When Mr. Cho entered Virginia Tech, which is crouched in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, his parents drove him to school with guarded expectations. Perhaps he would no longer retreat to video games and playing basketball alone the way he did at home."

    If you have other New York Times articles that contain the information please share it.



  55. ezbiker555 says:

    I bet the investigator was a lie too. (just like the cake is a lie as well XD)

    Come to think about it, it possible that a lot of evidence he has claimed to have may been more lies to get his way.

    That dirty slimy git. If thats true than, he’s one crazy man.

  56. hellfire7885 says:

    Fully fogiven my friend, no worries.


    And his proof was that one Washington post article that was yanked, meaning it was false, and some private investigator whom he refuses to give the name of.


    I love that. He always says he’s working with soem investigator or law agency, and never tells us who.

  57. ezbiker555 says:

    I know, and i didn’t make my post too clear. I was talking about how there was no evidence to prove that the shooter of vt was obsssed with video games, which was proven to JT and he still keeps lying about it. For some reason the edit button is gone O.o. If my posts don’t seem to clear just let me know and ill and fix it as best as I can.

  58. hellfire7885 says:

    I was never and weill likely never iwll agreed with Thompson. I was ismply calling him out for not showing evidence ofhi s claim, again.


    Remember, if someone makes a claim, and tells you to look it up if you ask them about it, they’re lying in most cases

  59. Krit says:

    Jack, if that was to make any sense, most of us here would’ve already went out and done the shootings ourselves as well. And so far, all of us here seems pretty stable to me. Funny, considering how you can be seen more of a risk than the rest of us here…

  60. C. Aaron Browbowski Jr. says:

    LMFAO!!! son, do you know what causes, THE actual cause of school shootings are??? Answer: bullying in school. anybody here ever watch "Bang, Bang, You’re Dead!" ?

    Jesus Jack Jones Thompson…. is dead… (funeral udruge, followed by Celebrate 😀 )

  61. Erik says:

    If this is such an "obvious truth" then you won’t have any trouble providing evidence now would you?  So why DON’T you provide this evidence and see how it stacks up to the report on the official investigation.  That is unless you are a coward.

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

  62. DavCube says:

    Mr. Thompson, they never said that. YOU did. Not them. You.

    Nobody so much as even mentioned the specific game. YOU’RE the one who thought up of Counter-Strike before the bodies were even cold or the killer had a face.

  63. E. Zachary Knight says:

    Once again John Bruce, go read the official investigative report. There was no substantial video game use they found. The absent of a hard drive is not proof that he played games. as far as I see it, the missing hard drive is his way of making sure that what he sent to NBC was all that people saw of his work.

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  64. HarmlessBunny says:

    Once again Jack, wrong. Are you ignoring the fact that he had a couple of disorders and played Sonic the Hedgehog throughout college according to his friends and classmates? Yeah Counterstrike in High School…so did I, but I did not shoot students. Hmmmmm…

  65. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    When did his friends say he was addicted to Counterstrike?


    -Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! Jack Thompson is still a dick…

  66. ezbiker555 says:

    There wasn’t any evidence to prove that he was obssesed with video games. I can see you are too ignorant to listen to the truth becasue you can’t handle it. You’re an idiot.

  67. Eville1 says:

    Proof John, Proof. Dude you need a tin foil hat now. When did the HDD go missing? Before or after they interviewed the college room mates who said they saw him writing? Before they found Sonic the Hedgehog on the HDD? Or was it after you threatened them with legal action if they didn’t give you the information you wanted? And please, show me where the parents said that. I would like a link to an interview with that exact statement please.


  68. hellfire7885 says:

    You have yet to show concrete evidence of any of that. It’s been over a year, and such alegations have cost you your job. Can ‘t really call it a career, since, well, peopel are scuccessful at a career.

  69. VideolandHero says:

    Video game obsession does not lead to school shootings.  Hatred does.

    — Official Protector of Videoland!

  70. DavCube says:

    Don’t put words in our mouths, Mr. Thompson.

    We’re not trying to say that playing more games is good.

  71. gamepolitics says:

    (slaps head)… yes, and I’ve written about her 2 or 3 times before. That’s what happens when you skip that 2nd cup of coffee…

    fixing. Thx!


  72. Jack Thompson Attorney and You Are Not says:

    So kids don’t get addicted to video games, even if they play 12 hours a day?  Is that your genius point?

  73. Demontestament says:

    Someone should tell Phil that inviting Liz Wooley to the show was a big mistake. Any chance of this episode having any chance of being a decent discussion just went right out the window. Though with Dr. Phil’s track record the chance of a decent discussion on his shows are thrown right out the window while the guest list is still being thought of. I expect to hear that video games are the cause of all their problems, the video games are to blame and not them. All fingers will be pointed at the games and the companies who make them. I doubt any of them will actually saying anything else is to blame, well aside from Mr. Exgamer, he has actually takes responsibility and claims he was at fault for becoming obsessed with WoW.

  74. Jack Thompson Attorney and You Are Not says:

    No, of course he hasn’t, because in fact it was.  Cho’s parents told the New York Times that they were concerned about their son’s "video game obsession."  His high school classmates said he was addicted to CounterStrike, and his college PC hard drive was missing to hide what he was into.

    What do you want Dr. Phil to do, apologize for stating the obvious truth?  Jack Thompson

  75. nighstalker160 says:

    I hate the venue, but the topic is good.

    Videogames do not addict people the same way things like cocaine, heroin, pot, or alcohol do.  I really do believe some people do become "addicted" to video games, but I would wager that’s more a symptom of some form of OCD-like disorder as opposed to an addiction caused by playing the games.

  76. Eville1 says:

    It’s not the topic I despise, it’s the host. I cannot stand Dr. Phil. I think there’s room for a reasoned debate but he won’t let it happen.

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