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What is Gaming Addiction?

A Gaming Addict. We often hear this label being used to describe someone who is playing video games excessively. While everyone has their own take on how much is considered excessive, many can agree that the line is crossed when real life priorities are neglected. For some, this may mean skipping school, avoiding social activities, […]

Parenting Challenge Workshop: Communicating & Engaging Gaming Youths at Home through Role Play May 2022

This 2-hour workshop is a follow-up to our Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Addiction. During the Webinar, communication strategies and theories on games and gamers were introduced. The application of the strategies and theories in a real-life family situation is not easy. Role play is a good tool to help contextualize the strategies […]

Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Dependency 21 May 2022

We are running the 5th edition of our Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Dependency this year! We are thankful for Tencent’s support to be able to make this webinar free for all.  In 2020, we had 2765 Singapore secondary school students complete COMEBACK’s Game Dependency Test. 19.4% of the students have game dependency, […]

Parents Webinar: Understanding Games, Gamers and Game Addiction

In 2020, we had 2765 Singapore secondary school students complete COMEBACK’s Game Dependency Test. 19.4% of the students have game dependency, with 4% being significant. This means that one out of five teenagers in Singapore have some form of disruptions in their lives related to gaming. To read the full report, go to https://www.comeback.world/2020/10/08/game-dependency-in-singapore-secondary-school-students-2020/ Games […]

My First Experience with a Gacha Game

Recently, there were several  articles about loot boxes and how it can be addictive to players: https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/primary-secondary-school-students-may-be-taught-dangers-of-loot-boxes-in-games-from-2021  https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/what-loot-boxes-in-video-games-are-and-why-they-can-be-as-addictive-as-gambling  https://www.straitstimes.com/tech/teaching-about-loot-boxes-long-overdue  https://stories.nws.ai/1288493254/can-loot-boxes-be-as-addictive-as-gambling/#0  “What exactly are loot boxes?”  Loot boxes are in-game mystery boxes which may contain desirable in-game items such as strong weapons, beautiful costumes and rare characters. It is usually not possible to buy or trade […]

Game Dependency in Singapore – Secondary School Students 2020

Introduction Game dependency refers to a situation where gamers become dependent on games, engaging in a gaming lifestyle that disrupts some areas of their lives. Some areas of disruption include relationships, school or work performance, and personal health. The National Institute of Education (NIE) conducted a study¹ in 2010 on pathological video-gaming rates in Singapore, […]

Violent Games and Aggression

Does playing violent video games elicit aggressive behaviours among young gamers? This is a common question posed by many parents. After all, games are becoming increasingly accessible in recent years, with current and upcoming popular games being made available on the mobile device. Some research has shown that violent video games may elicit aggressiveness among young […]

The 4 Gamer Player Types

Gamers are not all the same. We have different motivations and objectives when we play. Gamers can be categorised in 4 broad categories called Player Types. ⁠The 4 broad Player Types are Achievers, Gurus, Explorers and Socializers. We will explain each of the Player Types in a little more detail below. Achiever Player Type Achievers […]