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Conor_Century
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Hi everyone,

My name's Conor, and I work at Century Films, a multi award winning documentary production company based in London, England.

As a casual gamer myself, I've been aware of computer game addiction for a while, though I didn't know much about it. A few weeks ago I read in several newspapers that Britain's first computer game addiction treatment clinic had opened. I spoke to staff there, read about it on the internet and educated myself on the topic.

My perspective on computer game addiction has entirely changed. Before (and I think this is fairly common), I used to treat it as a bit of a joke. I didn't really see how people could get addicted to a computer game. Now I know it can be just as harmful as "conventional" addictions. In the popular media, computer game addiction is often treated lightly, or used as an excuse to attack video games in general.

What I'd like to do is an honest, truthful documentary about computer game addiction. Something that will educate and inform people about this relatively new phenomenon, but won't be just another fear-mongering, anti video game diatribe.

Based in London as I am, I'd really like to hear from any British gamers, ex gamers or family members about their experiences of computer game addiction. There's absolutely no obligation to appear in the film, but I'd love to hear from you. And I'm not totally ruling out people from abroad either; if you would like to contribute then please, get in touch.

conor.maloneyhill@centuryfilmsltd.com

Century Films is well known for the innovative ways we broach important social issues from rape conviction rates (Consent) and trade (My Big Fat Fair Trade Adventure), to mental health problems (The Not Dead) and fraud (Scams, Fiddles & Honest Claims), for major broadcasters such as Channel 4 and the BBC. Many of our films have won numerous awards such as BAFTAaEU(tm)s, Royal Television Society Awards, Grierson Awards, Ivor Novello Awards and the Mental Health in Media award etc. We are well known for our ability to produce intelligent and sensitive films about difficult to access or delicate subjects. If you'd like to know more, check out our website.

www.centuryfilmsltd.com

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"Something that will educate

"Something that will educate and inform people about this relatively new phenomenon, but won't be just another fear-mongering, anti video game diatribe."

Hey Conor, which films have you seen that fit the above description? Just curious!

Jane in CT

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Ah, I wasn't very clear

Ah, I wasn't very clear there. I was referring more to popular media portrayals of games and gamers, usually in newspapers and so on. Jack Thompson springs to mind. You know the sort of thing I'm talking about, studies that blame violence etc on people playing computer games, or the controversy surrounding the release of MW2 this week. Though those sorts of things generally aren't about addiction, I think they're indicative of a certain amount of bias and misunderstanding when it comes to reporting of computer games.

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Hey Conor that is great.  I

Hey Conor that is great. I think media like films is the way to get the message out. I didn't used to think it was real, but then plenty of folks do silly things with drinking/gambling that we also may find funny.

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@ Biketwit: You're right

@ Biketwit: You're right about those other addictions. Hopefully gaming will soon be more widely recognised too.

If anyone knows of any British people who use this site (which is great btw), I'd be super appreciative if you pointed them towards this thread. Or indeed if you could let me know where I might find any myself. Thanks guys.