UK Therapist Compares Gaming to Drug Addiction, Alcoholism

A Lancashire, UK-based therapist named Steve Pope has jumped the shark as far as ludicrous statements go related to video games. Speaking to BBC Radio 5Live in an interview last night, Pope said that "spending two hours on a game station is equivalent to taking a line of cocaine in the high it produces in the brain."

What?! Oh, there’s more:

"We’re now onto second generation game station players who have always grown up with it," he continued. "Computer game addiction can also spiral into violence as after playing violent games, they may turn their fantasy games into reality."

It’s a shame that Pope has no scientific data to back up his ludicrous claims that games are like cocaine and that gamers act out the violence they experience in their games in real life.

Pope went on to urge parents listening to the broadcast to "go upstairs to your kids bedroom and try and take the game station controller out of their hands." He said that parents would find their kids’ reaction is similar to taking alcohol from a drunk.

Pope also said that kids who stay up late playing titles such as Call of Duty are unable to concentrate the next morning "because of the endorphin high in their brains" that leads to a "chemical imbalance" that disturbs behavior and learning. Or perhaps it is just a lack of sleep?

There’s no sense in trying to parse what Poke is saying, but he would make a great contributor to Fox News..

Source: MCV by way of Andrew Eisen.

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