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Gambling, Gaming and Extreme Behavior

Rise of the machines (Part 1)

My initial insights into the existence of video game addiction arose out of the research I had been doing on slot machine addiction. Both slot machines and video game machines may be considered under the generic label of “amusement machines”. But what are the other psychological commonalities between them? Find out in Part 1 of my new blog. Read More


.. most modern videogames have been de-skilled and dumbed down. The interactivity and skill required has been lowered to chimp level.

One can take a look at Quake 3 or Unreal tournament 2004 and compare it to any modern call of duty or halo.

Modern videogames are mostly cinematic movies with only the most basic of interactivity and in-game cheats like regenerating health.

I'm one of those people who've lost interest in many modern games since they have gone 'mainstream' and catered to those with absolutely no reflexes whatsoever.

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Dr. Mark Griffiths is a Chartered Psychologist and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit in the Psychology Division at Nottingham Trent University (UK).


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