LISBON 10-12
APRIL 2014
LISBON 10-12
APRIL 2014

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Language

English

Abstract

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?

Yes.

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.

Proposal date

2014-01-20 10:45:33

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Bárbara Correia
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I think this talk can be really interesting.

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João Santos
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I think this a very interesting subject. Thumbs up

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Gustavo Laboreiro
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+ Miguel Regala I hope you will not focus too much on casino-type games.

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Miguel F. Figueiredo
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I agree, I like video games a lot but addiction needs to be understood and controlled by every gamer. Thumbs up!

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Marco Amador
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Very interesting subject. Thumbs up!

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David Amador
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I would love to see one of these talks but focused on social networks, imo a really much bigger problem.

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Mário Pereira
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i'm curious..wanna watch it ;)

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Damien Guedes Rosa
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Let's go to see you, Regala ;)

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Nelson Oliveira
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Damn nice, man. I will certain give this a shot if you get accepted! This sounds perfectly interesting!

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Filipe Lopes
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Very interested in that 'fixing and preventing the problem'. Dunno why, though :)

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José Lopes (Sá)
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great talk! my guess is that there will be a lot of fixing needed to be done... :D

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Miguel Regala
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+ Gustavo Laboreiro, not at all. That topic has been thoroughly exposed and I intend to focus on more day-to-day games (that don't envolve winning money, because thats another subject).

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Miguel Regala
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+ David Amador, honestly, that's something I'd love to cover on a different talk. It shares some similarities with this one, with Facebook likes hunting or karma whoring in Reddit/Stackoverflow. I'd say the basic principle is the same, but the social / interactions happening from both ends of the actor / subjects are completely different.

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Miguel Regala
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+ José Lopes (Sá), let's hope I can finish the presentation in time instead of.. well.. you know :P

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João Anes
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+ Miguel Regala will this talk cover the mechanics of free-to-play games, specially the ones that require social "interaction" to open through another monetized paywalled gameplay loop (forgive the gibberish)? Still a great subject and one that isn't covered much, would like to watch :)

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Pedro dos Santos Figueiredo Dias Carneiro
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A little reflection on this issue is quite important, since games are present everywhere in everyday life and the game addiction is a problem tough to resolve.

Thumb up ;)

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Miguel Regala
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+ João Borges Anes,I will focus more on the free-to-play ones with reward and badges systems, since it ties directly with one of the core concepts here at stake. But I'll do some research on those you mentioned, thanks :)

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Rui Guedes
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Upvoted! As a mobile game developer this talk is really my cup of tea :) Hope you get selected, I'm looking forward to this talk!

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Ricardo Jorge Pinto Rodrigues
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+ Bárbara Correia, yes,i agree with you

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Ricardo Jorge Pinto Rodrigues
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+ Miguel Regala, off course

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Filipe Cruz
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solution is simple, direct addicted players to play gamifications of real world problems. everybody wins.

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Paulo J Morgado
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Paulo J Morgado
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Gaming is healthy, improves your awareness, mission focus and it's a hell of a way to socialize within it's community with on-line capability. But it came with a prize...when exaggerated indeed it's a harmful addition. I hope to get a clear idea with your talk to balance both sides of the same coin.

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João Borges
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As a gamer I would love to watch this talk.

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Pedro Costa
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Computer says no...

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Pedro Costa
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Computer says no...

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Rafael Vitor Schimassek
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Games should enrich our lives. Problem are the companies that just want to milk money from their costumers by abusing of the instant gratification that games give us.

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Nuno Faria
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It's somewhat of a grey area, if a great game is too short, you'll complain about it - if it's too complex and a never-ending story, you'll get bored and drop it eventually - if it is addictive... well, bad for you, but in my humble opinion, the developers should pat themselves in the back because you're coming back for more.

I believe these are some fine lines, but in the end, I'd say it's not their fault for wanting you to stay "interested" in their game - and you on the other hand should know when to take that decent break and go outside for a change.

As for companies wanting to profit out of bad games - the internet kind of changed all that, there's so much info ready to help make that all important decision on where your pocket change goes...

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Norberto Chambel
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Upvoted :)

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Jorge Costa
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Estou bastante curioso sobre esta palestra!

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Mário Gago
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Bastante interessante esta vertente de talks sobre as consequências da evolução tecnológica no quotidiano da sociedade e consequentemente na evolução desta. Deveria ser um tópico de discussão até mais abrangente, não se cingindo apenas aos video jogos. Mas, pelo menos a mim, é uma talk que me deixa bastante curioso.

Boa sorte e lá estarei!

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