How Valkyria Chronicles Got Me Addicted to a Japanese Social Game

Before last year I had never seriously played a social game. I was never interested in Bejeweled or Farmville (as the later just seemed to be a lazy version of Harvest Moon to me) or any other Facebook/mobile game. » 4/16/13 4:30am 4/16/13 4:30am

Square Enix, You Have a Problem. You Are Addicted to Countdown Clocks…

This is an intervention. While most of the gaming world has thankfully moved on from stupid countdown clocks designed to drum up silly publicity for forgettable games, Square Enix still clings to them. It's time for Square Enix to stop. Enough!


Now, you are overreacting, Brian Ashcraft, you say. Perhaps. But,… » 12/07/12 5:30am 12/07/12 5:30am

This Desktop Design for Gaming Addicts Would "Ruin" Humanity

Sometimes you settle in for some PC gaming or web surfing. And you just don't get up. You can feel your bum go numb and the chair meld into your skin. Surely, you know the feeling.


If so, maybe the above internet-produced desktop design would appeal to you. And if it appealed to enough people, it would probably end… » 11/30/12 7:00am 11/30/12 7:00am

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Doesn't Seem Like Digital Heroin. But It Is.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf » 11/23/12 12:00am 11/23/12 12:00am is currently one of the most popular 3DS games in Japan. It hit the shelves on November 8th, and as of the 18th, the game has sold 893,344 copies (not including the download version) and is well on its way to being a million seller hit.

Internet Addiction Clinics Cracking Down on Beatings

China was one of the first countries to recognize internet addiction as a psychological illness—and then beat the crap out of people suffering from it.


As The Register points out, a 2008 government supported report stated that those who gamed more than six hours in a day and then experienced withdrawal type symptoms… » 8/31/12 6:30am 8/31/12 6:30am

Korean Star Was So Addicted to Video Games, She Damaged Her Thumb

South Korea's Jang Na-ra is known throughout Asia as a singer and an actress. Add something else to her resume: compulsive gamer.


On a recent Korean talk show, Jang revealed that she fell in love with hanafuda—a Japanese card that should be familiar to all Nintendo fans. Whether it was playing with her brother or… » 4/18/12 8:00am 4/18/12 8:00am