I don't want to tar everyone with the same brush, but is this an annual thing? Do news station have a 'moral panic story about video games' button that requires pushing once a year? This time the 'ADDICTIVE VIDEO GAMES WON'T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN' story comes courtesy of 10 News and I literally don't even have the energy to be angry about it any more.
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I mean really — I think we can all agree that children's use of video games should be monitored and limited to an extent, so what is the story here? This reeks of a completely one-sided beat up catering to a clueless audience desperately searching for one more thing to be afraid of. 10 News hasn't even granted Ron Curry his traditional five second sound byte, doing his level best to fight the good fight about these kind of misconceptions.
This is — simply put — a one-sided beat up. It's a sucker punch.
You know what? I've changed my mind — I think I have just mustered enough energy to be angry about this.
This is filler. Pure puff piece. "Nothing newsworthy going on," said the producers. "What's a traditional hot button topic?"
"VIDEO GAMES," says another. "We can still get some mileage out of that one, surely?"
"Nah, it's been done. Surely."
"Well, our audience is pretty old and out of touch, we might be able to sneak this one past them."
"Yeah, bugger it. Let's run with it."
I'm guessing that's how it went down.
Addicted to Gaming [Ten News]