ESA Refutes Pediatrics Videogame Study

ESA Refutes Pediatrics Videogame Study

Association says study’s findings are "flawed" and "questionable".

The Entertainment Software Association has questioned the validity of a study due to be published in February’s edition of journal, Paediatrics. Penned by Douglas Gentile, the study suggests a link between gaming habits and mental health problems among Singaporian children. Gentile has previously written essays which link gaming with addiction and even alcoholism.

"We commend credible, independent, and verifiable research about computer and videogames," said ESA SVP for communications and industry affairs, Richard Taylor. "However, this research is just more of the same questionable findings by the same author in his campaign against videogames.

"There simply is no concrete evidence that computer and videogames cause harm. In fact, a wide body of research has shown the many ways games are being used to improve our lives through education, health and business applications. Throughout our nation’s history, those critical of new entertainment forms have sought to blame those creative works for society’s ills and some of have sought to use flawed research to support their theories."