If there’s one thing gamers love, it’s studies on gaming addiction. And why wouldn’t they? The information they produce is always so informative, well researched and controversial, except of course when the study contains serious miscalculations and flawed data. And then it’s controversial for an entirely different reason. Well, it looks like that recent gaming addiction study that everyone is talking about falls into the latter category, and now, ABC News isn't the only one calling for review.
Just a day after the study was released last week, ABC News polling director Gary Langer exposed that its sampling procedure was in fact flawed. The Feed's Raymond Padilla posted about Langer's outrage last week in case you missed it. Well, it turns out Langer's findings did not sit well with Michael Gallagher, President and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association. Gallagher is now asking Psychological Science, the publication printing the study in its next issue, to, “clarify the methodological flaws in Dr. Gentile's study and inform your readers how those flaws affect the accuracy of the study. Failure to do so will inevitably lead your readers to believe information that is not accurate."
Harsh, yet seemingly deserved, words. You can find a copy of the rather impassioned screed over at Game Daily. In a statement released prior to the revelation that his study’s most significant finding had pretty much been invalidated, Gentile said, “This study will be one of many that allow us to have an educated conversation on the positive and negative effects of video games.” You know, if you add "studies" to the end of that, he might just be on to something.