Over at Ars Technica, they have a post up about the recent release of an AMA study on game violence, game addiction, and Internet addiction.

The main point on game violence is that more long-term studies are needed. This is no surprise. There haven’t been many (any?) on this subject, though I suspect there are plenty of short-term ones.

When we get to the addiction part, it’s pretty much the same, as the report remarks: “there is currently insufficient research to definitively conclude that video game overuse is an addiction.”

On the other hand, there seems to be some evidence that gaming/Internet addiction is more akin to pathological gambling rather than an addiction. Although what the difference between the two is, escapes me. They sound pretty much the same.

What I find odd, however, is that, despite what seems to be rather vague material at the moment, the investigating committee recommends: “to include Internet/video game addiction as a formally described disorder in its upcoming revision to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.”

I don’t see how they can make that statement, when they’re also calling for more studies on the subject. In any case, check out the post on Ars Technica for yourself.

AMA Report on Ars Techinca