Australia's largest daily newspaper, the Herald-Sun, charges that the video game industry is "in denial" when it comes to video game addiction:
Game addiction looms as a new national health problem for adults...
Games are an easy target, but it is true that the computer and video games industry has, unsurprisingly, backed away from the subject of games addiction. A statement from the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia shows the industry is in denial.
"Certainly many young people go through periods of intense involvement in computer game play, for example with a new game, but this is not a lasting obsession for the majority,'' it said.
Coming in for a mention, unsurprisingly, is World of Warcraft.
While there may be an argument to be made for game addiction, the poorly-researched Herald piece fails to make it.