I was browsing the Internet and reading the news this morning and I came across this video news report, from Australia's own Ten News. http://tenplay.com.au/news/national/201 ... -to-gaming (there is an ad before the video) For those who don't or didn't watch it, it's basically a news report claiming that children are becoming "addicted" to gaming and that apparently an addiction to gaming can lead to issues such as depression, anti-social behaviour and even suicide. Personally, I think that yes, video games can potentially be addictive however I think many other things can be addictive too, whether it's alcohol, drugs, TV shows, hell even physical exercise can be addictive. A lot of things can be "addictive". Basically, I think too much of something can have the potential to be a bad thing. That being said, I think this article is a bit crap too. To me it screams "We have nothing else to report, let's report something that'll cause fear and distress to parents and their children". I think it shouldn't so much as restricting the child "screen time", but rather I think parents and guardians should be taking note of what their kids are actually playing and why they want to play so much, instead of using games and stuff as a means of baby sitting - I'm pretty sure the latter isn't always the case of course. I thought it was funny how they showed the girl playing Minecraft in the article, when Minecraft is essentially like Lego, e.g. using one's imagination and creativity plus the tools and environment provided to create almost whatever you like. When I was in school, I admit I was pretty addicted to video games and I played them a lot. I was one of those troubled kids that would rather stay inside, draw things and play video games, I didn't really like going outside and I didn't really like sport or exercise and thus I became unhealthy and overweight because of it. I've learned my lesson and times, myself included have certainly changed. When I think back on it, one of the reasons I preferred staying inside, playing games etc. is because I could succeed in games, I felt good about "winning" and I had fun, something I didn't do in real life because I had so little friends and was bullied so often for so long. I apologize if I seem insensitive about this report and the content it discusses, I just think it misses a lot of points and is really just trying to make something look much worse than it really is (video games). What do you all think about this report? What are your thoughts behind it? For those who are parents here at GameRevolution (which is not me, I'm not a parent) - I'm very interested to hear your thoughts about this video.