08 Feb '11, 10pm

A gamer may not be an addict; counsellors should look at the player's ability to cope with daily life

I REFER to "More gaming addiction cases at counselling centre" (Feb 7) and would like to point out the plausible reasons for gaming addiction before we start labelling every gamer an addict. According to a research study involving some 30,000 gamers conducted by Stanford University in 2008, the findings suggested three key motivations why gamers go on playing. Firstly, there is a sense of achievement that a gamer feels when he/she makes competitive progress in the game to feel good and powerful. Secondly, most gamers prefer to socialise with others and befriend them and collaborate with them in a team to progress in the game. Thirdly, there are also those gamers, who are too immersed into the virtual world (be it cyber or video), more so in real-time, enjoying the exploration of the cyber-geographical landscape in the game, creating their own avatars and role-playing in li...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC110209-0000216/A-gam...

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