It's a great time to be a gamer. We're living the next generation titles, featuring huge maps, countless players and whole destructive scenarios.
We're surrounded by them anywhere we go, be it in our computers or smartphones - and even eSports is becoming a thing.
And we get loads of fun by playing them. Or do we? Are there other reasons to explain why we play them so much?
In this talk, I want to address the addiction to videogames, ranging from Facebook games to handhelds, dedicated consoles and so on.
I'll be covering:
- relevance of the problem and consequences
- overview of the addicting process
- addiction from a neurological point of view
- circuit reward system and the achievement-driven gaming industry
- lack of specialized helping mechanisms
- gaming addiction cues
- fixing and preventing the problem
I'm not here to bash about videogames - honestly, I love them. Rather, I want to expose an existing problem in our generation, with real consequences and raise awareness to the lack of solutions out there to cope with it.