Addiction Expert: Australia Needs Game Rehabilitation Center

November 5, 2009 -

Following the news of a treatment center in the UK expanding its offerings to include treating game addiction, an Australian academic has called for a similar program to be launched down under.

Sydney University Psychiatric Professor Vladan Starcevic, also billed as a game addition expert, made the call for action to the Herald Sun citing his own recent research in which he polled 2,000 gamers. The results of the survey led him to believe that up to one in ten subjects showed signs of addictive behavior. Starcevic said that his study was undertaken due to more patients exhibiting signs of being addicted to games.

Of the UK’s Broadway Lodge treatment center, Starcevic noted, “I think it's good that someone has taken this seriously. I think it should be recognised that this is a problem for some people.”

Starcevic’s full study will be released in this month’s Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.


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Re: Addiction Expert: Australia Needs Game Rehabilitation ...

Anyone trying to mass diagnose addictions with surveys shouldn't pose as an expert for the media. Handing in his degree and quitting would be far more appropriate.

Re: Addiction Expert: Australia Needs Game Rehabilitation ...

MEh, it'll happen for sue in Atkinson's region.

Re: Addiction Expert: Australia Needs Game Rehabilitation ...

/facepalm

F#ck I really hate the moral minority in this country making the rest of us look like fools...

Re: Addiction Expert: Australia Needs Game Rehabilitation ...

I'd say, Don't need a rehabilitation centre, 

instead, talk to addicted gamers though their games and help on their social skills WITHOUT taking away their gaming time.

 

 

TBoneTony

Re: Addiction Expert: Australia Needs Game Rehabilitation ...

Quick!  To the bandwagon.

Re: Addiction Expert: Australia Needs Game Rehabilitation ...

To fully understand the motivation behind this, you just have to read the very first part of the first sentence of this article:

"Following the news of [...] in the UK"

If the UK comes up with a stupid idea, Australia's politics must follow suit!

ZAR.

Re: Addiction Expert: Australia Needs Game Rehabilitation ...

I bet that if you had observed me in the last 7 days, someone with an agenda would define me as "addicted" to Borderlands.  Of course, someone who actually understands games would know the difference between "addicted" and "enjoying a compelling game".

Re: Addiction Expert: Australia Needs Game Rehabilitation ...

Someone wants funding.

Re: Addiction Expert: Australia Needs Game Rehabilitation ...

I'd need rehab if I was stuck playing kiddie games forever too.

Re: Addiction Expert: Australia Needs Game Rehabilitation ...

Why do they think they need this?  Seriously? The video game ratings board is doing a great job as it is in limiting video game content that is coming into the country.

Leave it to the experts.

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Andrew EisenMaskedPixelante - That's probably because it's now available on the Wii U eShop for $8.07/11/2014 - 5:18pm
InfophileThat's not how human psychology works. It's all about "Keeping up with the Joneses." When everyone around you has a new fancy smartphone and is talking about that cool HBO series, do you want to be the one left out?07/11/2014 - 4:05pm
Matthew WilsonThe issue is most people would settle for the basics and not work. That is why we would need very heavy automation to make a system like that work. Almost all labor intensive tasks would have to be done by robot.07/11/2014 - 2:32pm
InfophileOf course, that's a gross oversimplification. The idea, have a basic safety net that pays for what's needed to live. If people can find a job and are willing to work, they get more money which can be spent on comfort and perks.07/11/2014 - 11:33am
InfophileIt's quite possible to get an economy to work with a basic minimum standard of living. You just need perks for the people who do work. Everyone gets food and a home. Everyone who works also gets an iPhone.07/11/2014 - 11:32am
MaskedPixelanteIn the continuing adventures of "Stuff I figured would be overpriced on eBay but isn't", 15 bucks for a copy of Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga.07/11/2014 - 10:04am
SleakerI didn't gather the same conclusion.. Seems like they are focusing on devices & services still, just not calling it 'devices and services'07/11/2014 - 8:57am
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MechaTama31declared that everybody should have them. Somebody still has to produce them.07/11/2014 - 7:44am
MechaTama31I do mean the developers/governmet. And money is not the only thing of value. I am including the food, housing, etc that everybody is supposed to get for free under this system. In the real world, those things don't exist merely because an authority has07/11/2014 - 7:43am
InfophileAs automation gets better and better, the number of jobs absolutely required keeps diminishing. How many people these days do you think are actually needed to keep everyone alive? Most people just make our lives more convenient and entertaining.07/11/2014 - 4:43am
Matthew Wilsonthat kind of system only works when most people (around 70 to 80 percent ) do not need to work.07/11/2014 - 1:21am
TechnogeekConjured up by who, though? If by the players, then it's not really "on a whim" since they're kind of putting work into it. If you mean the developers/government, then hello and welcome to monetary sovereignty.07/11/2014 - 12:34am
MechaTama31I'm just saying, when everything of value can be conjured up at a whim, that's not an economy. That's a fantasy.07/11/2014 - 12:15am
TechnogeekHonestly, though, what I find most thought-provoking about the article isn't the guaranteed minimum income aspect at all, but a more fundamental point: that we treat poverty as a moral failing on the individual, rather than a design flaw in the system.07/10/2014 - 11:53pm
TechnogeekOr, if your concern is that people won't even bother to work at all if their basic needs are met...well, let me put it this way: do you really want people like that in the workforce anyway?07/10/2014 - 11:51pm
TechnogeekAlso, you raise a valid question, but I'd argue that as things stand we're artificially limiting the amount of "gold/silver" that could be produced. The whole "work a job you hate to pay the bills" thing meshes poorly with the entreprenurial spirit.07/10/2014 - 11:49pm
TechnogeekSeriously, though, it looks at how in-game economies work and what lessons can be applied to reality, focusing primarily on multiple currency systems. Such systems do exist in real life (food stamps, for example), although generally aren't seen as such.07/10/2014 - 11:43pm
 

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