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What Is Game Transfer Phenomena?

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .

This article illustrates the melding of the real world with the virtual world in gamers. This is also known as the "Tetris Effect".

“Gamers can’t tell real-world from fantasy,” screamed the headline in the Metro on Wednesday morning. Dr Mark Griffiths, who heads up Nottingham Trent University’s International Gaming Research Unit, must have slumped back in his chair with incredulous horror when he read that.

 

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Are video games contributing to the demise of guys?

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .

Video game addiction or excessive playing of video games is a rapidly growing problem at all colleges and universities. While waiting for a flight from San Diego to Baltimore, I met a computer science major, Brian, who said every student in his computer science department played numerous hours of video games during school. Several students had performed poorly in their academic work because of playing more than 30 hours of video games a week.

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Twenty-year-old man died of blood clot after playing Xbox for up to 12 hours at a time

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .

An article in The Sun discussed the death of Chris Staniforth who developed a blood clot after playing Xbox for up to 12 hours at a time. An autopsy revealed that Chris Staniforth — obsessed with games like Halo — had suffered a deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot. Chris' dad, David, said: "He lived for his Xbox. I never dreamed he was in any danger. As a parent you think playing computer games can't do them any harm because you know what they are doing. Kids all over the country are playing these games for long periods — they don't realize it could kill them."