Video Game Addiction

How many hours per week would you play video games? 20? 40? More? Games have come under the scrutiny of many psychologists, claiming that many players may be addicted, and as a result games are having an adverse effect on their lives.

Many scholars are pushing for video game addiction (VGA) to become an official psychological disorder under the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. They believe that too much screen time can lead gamers to show the same signs of addiction that a drug addict would display, including disregard for personal hygiene, change in mood, avoiding social situation and sleep deprivation. Continue reading

Defining Games Of Our Generation: Street Fighter 4

I’ve always loved fighting games, it’s the one genre that I have never grown tired of. I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s the bright colours, the interesting characters, maybe it’s the level of absolute perfection required and knowing that a match can be won or lost with one simple mistake. But of all the fighters I’ve played in my 20 years or so of gaming, none of them mattered to me more than Street Fighter 4.

Street Fighter 4 was released in 2009, only 3 years ago at the time of writing, so calling it a defining game of our generation may seem a little pre-emptive. However, the game did a lot for the fighting genre and played a large part in resurrecting it from the grave. Had it not been for SF4, we may not have some of the great fighters that we do today. Continue reading