PodBytes – Episode 10: Gaming Addictions

Gaming Addictions

Shootin’ Up a Lethal Dose of the “Blue Racer”

More and more stories have been surfacing in the media of late, telling tales of woe and inhumanities. People dying suddenly, unprovoked by any violent cause; children being sold off into child labor or who-knows-what by cold-hearted parents; families put out on the street after losing house and home. The evildoer that’s to blame? According to the press, gaming addictions are the newest “root of all societal evil”.

But are videogames really the proverbial boogeyman that should be bludgeoned with a sawed-off broom handle? Or are they merely the scapegoat that grieving parents and incensed family members try to pin the blame on? What really lies behind the accusations of games leading to addicting behaviors, and is Man doomed to suffer at the hands of the digital entertainment god it has created? Listen in to find out!

PodBytes – Episode 10: Gaming Addictions stars Martin Watts, Pascal Tekaia, Chad Morelock, and Declan Burrowes.  Originally recorded on Monday 19 September, 2011.  Full run time:  76 mins

Episode Breakdown

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 3:25 Games We’re Playing
  • 10:00 Current Events
  • 12:55 Are Games Addictive? Our Personal Experiences
  • 37:20 Consequences of “Alleged” Videogame Addictions – Chinese Couple Sells Their Kids
  • 45:40 Consequences of “Alleged” Videogame Addictions – Deep-Vein Thrombosis
  • 1:12:15 Sign-Off & Closing
  • 1:15:25 [Special Mario Surprise!]

Theme Song: Anamanaguchi – Jetpack Blues – Download their album on iTunes, it’s awesome!

Note: PodBytes will be back with a brand-new episode on 19 October – don’t miss our next episode!

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