UK Therapist: Two Hours of Gaming = Line of Cocaine
Ready for some more hilariously alarmist anti-videogame propaganda? This week's attack comes courtesy of the Lancashire Evening Post, who've published a report comparing videogames with illegal narcotics. According to therapist Steve Pope, two hours of gaming deliver the same addictive rush as a line of cocaine.
"Spending two hours on a game station is equivalent to taking a line of cocaine in the high it produces. It is the fastest growing addiction in the country and this is affecting young people mentally, as well as leading to physical problems such as obesity."- Steve Pope
Citing an addiction counsellor and a senior university lecturer, the report suggests that parents lay down time limits and boundaries from an early age in order to provide a balanced lifestyle (as well as reducing the risk of dependency and addiction). Naturally, the report also throws in the classic "videogames cause violence" chestnut- after all, it wouldn't be an anti-videogame report without one.
I was willing to write this off as yet another inconsequential bit of fluff... but it's important for both sides of the debate to keep an open mind. There's no doubt that games can be habit-forming- and I went through a phase of letting my gaming hobby get in the way of other (arguably more important commitments). Hell, people actually died from hunger and toxic shock from playing World of Warcraft without a break. With the recent release of Red Dead Redemption, Monster Hunter Tri and Split/Second... I wonder how many virtual lines of cocaine we've been racking up these last few days! [Lancashire Evening Post via 1UP]
Are computer games addictive and/or habit forming? Are you addicted to gaming? Or is this just another transparent effort by the mainstream media to demonise our increasingly-popular pastime? Have your say in the comments!
Microsoft to "Shake Up The Management"
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft will be shaking up the senior management of its Entertainment Services Division over the coming week. This internal division is responsible for Xbox 360 design and maintenance.
We recently reported that J Allard, the father of the original Xbox, may well be permanently leaving Microsoft due to personality conflicts. The timing of this corporate reshuffle can't be a coincidence. We'll let you know the results of the regime change as soon as we can- watch this space. [Wall Street Journal via Gamesindustry]
Rock Band 3 To Have Keyboard Peripheral?
The Rock Band: Green Day demo hit Xbox Live today, to the surprise and delight of almost no one whatsoever. However, the demo ends with a teaser of Rock Band 3 that appears to indicate that a keyboard peripheral is on the way. In a perfect world, it would be possible to plug a midi keyboard into the console's USB port, but it's likely that Madcatz will be producing an official controller. It'll be interesting to see how (and if) this peripheral will be compatible with previously-downloaded DLC and RB2 tracks.
It would also seem that the 3-part harmonies that made their debut in The Beatles: Rock Band will be making a return. [via Kotaku]