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May 03, 2010

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Laura

There's another article along these lines that claims that the video game industry is using B.F. Skinner theories to keep us all playing.

http://www.cracked.com/article_18461_5-creepy-ways-video-games-are-trying-to-get-you-addicted.html

I'm really curious about what's behind video game addiction. I'm not sure it's real, though I know people and have seen my own kids get sucked in for hours upon hours. I tend to think that there's just nothing else out there that kids (or adults for that matter) find stimulating enough. I think these are the same people who would zone out in front of the tv. Personally, though I'm a gamer myself, I get bored with the game after a while. But a lot of games are the kind of things that you're going to play for several hours in a row. And some people turn that into twelve or fourteen or twenty in a row. Maybe at some point, they really do become the proverbial rat in the box and quit thinking like a human.

Bryan Alexander

I'm fascinated, Laura, by how so much addiction discourse assumes a good life available to addicts (or "addicts"). And how none of it minds tv, which gets either ignored or just folded smoothly into "screens."

Cracked reminds me of Jon Stewart: funny satire, and sometimes useful stuff. Both beat the heck out of tv news.

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