What Happened to Video Game Addiction?

Will people ever get over their obsession with video games? By people I mean those who’ve climbed from the depths of their nerd caves in the 80s and 90s to become somewhat cool now. It’s not that people enjoy plugging into an alternate world to escape their lives, it’s rather that people are finding a significance in how videogames are shaping our society. EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich reported “the growth of our industry now rests more on innovation than it ever has before.” What this means is that people are looking for the next thing to conveniently fit into their lives, or to compliment their lifestyles. He mentions that the bread-and-butter is in the “non-traditional casual market,” ideally those purchasing Wii-fits and family games vs RPGs.

People used to become worried when video games became more than just a game…where are those people now? Was it the worry that frequent video use accompanied weight gain and anti-social behavior, not necessarily an addiction? So what do we think now? Are games more that just games? Kids, families and hardcore gamers are now up on their feet and socializing over the internet with other players…since this is the case do we care about the obsession anymore?

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