28 November 2007
When the world has a problem, you can always count on news organizations to report on it, telling
everyone in great detail just what is going on. Afterwards, you can always count on South Park to make
fun it. Whether the show does it by having a fourth grade boy ask what a priest would want to stick in his
butt or by showing an episode in which terrorist bomb our imaginations, the show has a knack of
addressing concerns in a humorous way. Such was the case with the episode entitled “The End of the
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Now this episode wasn’t making fun of priest or terrorist, but nonetheless touched on a real problem,
video game addiction.
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Some of you might be thinking that this has nothing to do with you, but who in here doesn’t at some point
play a video game, rather it be on an XBOX 360, a PS3, on the internet or even just on your phone while
you’re waiting somewhere.
In an article from London’s Sunday Telegraph of April 22, 2007, the video game industry is booming,
now raking in the profits needed to rival the film and porn industries, and even receiving tax breaks in
certain countries like France and South Korea.
What this means, is that video games have become a big part of our society, and can be hard to get away
Like most things out there meant for fun and entertainment, it’s not hard to begin abusing video games
and to eventually become addicted.
First, we’ll touch on the problems of video game addiction, then we’ll examine the reasons why people
become addict to video games, and finally, take a look at what we can do to fix this growing problem.
Main Point 1
Video game addiction is a real problem just like alcoholism or gambling addiction.
First, we’ll look at why video game addiction is a problem worth discussing, and second, we’ll see what
the medical world has to say about the topic.
Video game addiction is as bad as any other type of harmful addictions.