I just read this article suggesting Gaming publishers should take more responsibility:
I think that letting gaming companies self-reulate is like asking Tobacco companies to regulate themselves. Gaming companies only motive is profits and quarterly earnings. Only government can step in and regulate. Their customers health and safety does not figure very high on the scale of their priorities.
I recently saw a documentary about Teddy Roosevelt. Though a conservative and Republican he was instrumental in bringing the Trusts to heel, and under government control. In those days the Rockefellers, the JP Morgans, Fricks et al sought to control entire industries (oil, railways, steel and such). Their motive was to creat monopolies so they could drive up prices and pay workers low wages. Teddy Roosevelt busted the Trusts and created and environment in which competition could better flourish.
We have the same analogy today. Gaming companies are ruining the lives of 7% to 11% of their customers. Without doubt they are aware of this as they religiously track player stats as part of their business model.
I believe the government should force the gaming companies to publish these stats so we, the public, can really know the truth about the damage gaming addiction does to a large percentage of our population.
Olga/non member since Dec. 2008 Check out my latest video on Gaming Addiction and public awareness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-6JZLnQ29o