“Games Transfer Phenomena” author slams British media

Thursday, 22nd September 2011 09:50 GMT By Jessica Citizen

By now, everybody’s surely seen – or at least heard of – the “Games Transfer Phenomena” report that has been all over the internet after an article appeared in both the Metro and the Daily Mail. Most gamers I know have been outraged – and so, it appears, has the study’s co-author.

Professor Mark Griffiths spoke with gaming site SPOnG, explaining that the tabloid media had gotten it wrong, twisting the scientific findings in order to better suit a negative story.

Please, pretend you’re surprised.

The report in the Metro suggests that gamers cannot tell the real world from fantasy, which has Griffiths seeing red. “For one thing, we never said that in our paper. And for a second thing, the findings don’t even hint at that.”

In fact, the findings were quite neutral – even positive in parts – according to Prof. Griffiths. He claims at least one of the reporters who spoke to him had come in with a definitely pre-defined agenda, and would do anything to get an appropriate soundbite.

The actual study looked at a mere 42 gamers aged between 15 and 21, asking them to think about performing gaming acts in real life. “Of course 42 gamers is not a representative sample,” Griffiths explains. “We’re actually following that up now on a much larger scale, with participants from all over the world.”

The new study will feature more than 2,000 gamers, directly focussing on Games Transfer Phenomena (which was merely a tangent of the initial survey).

If you want to read the paper for yourself, and make up your own mind, it’s available as a PDF from SPOnG. Thank you, SPOnG!



  1. YoungZer0

    Never heard about it.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. viralshag

    Nothing surprises me any more when it comes to most British media these days. Papers, news and TV is full of shit with regards to pretty much anything.

    One page I will be reading about Ulreaka’s shocking weight loss and the next reading how Bob Fucking Crow has some shit to say because he isn’t busy being a twat on TV.

    I was honestly hoping that the News of the World shitstorm was really going to help clean up the act a bit but no, still just the same old constantly negative spun shit.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Yoshi

    It’s time to realise these surveys and tests will never work.

    1. Not all people who play games will be tested/surveyed.
    2. Some people will do a jokey answer.
    3. They normally pick a bunch of idiot to represent thousands. Just look on the news, when something big happens they interview idiots who don’t know what they’re talking about, instead of interviewing someone worthwhile.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Freek

    What does surprise me is that we still allow tabloid media to exist.
    Oh sure, you go right ahead and print a bunch of bullshit and lies, that’ll be fine.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    @4: What can you do about it? The truth is not truth, but words and sentences that get often repeated.

    Obama is communist. Socialist. Marxist.

    Communist. Socialist. Marxist.

    Repeat it often enough and people will believe it.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    News media in general has become a cesspit of inaccuracy and poor accountability.

    I went to a show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival where all the guy did was take news articles and fact check them for the lulz. Not funny ha-ha, but funny “I can’t believe this shit is allowed”.

    Because there’s little accountability most errors go unchecked and the public goes misinformed. You can almost guarantee that any article printed in the UK about nefarious EU regulations will be 90% bullshit borderline fabrication, and it never gets retracted.

    If we introduced harsher regulations on media accuracy and accountability then half of every uk newspaper would be dedicated to printing corrections got the rest of the decade.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    @6: It’s always important to look who regulates those things. Usually it’s the people who represent the job themselves. So … yeah, kind of corrupt.

    That is also why you can take film reviews serious, but not videogame reviews. Most if not all Gamewebsites get financed by the big publishers, like EA or Ubisoft. I remember GameTrailers giving DA2 a highly positive review, while their website was full of ads.

    Germany has the newspaper “BILD”, you can pretty much compare it to “The Sun” in terms of tone and accuracy. There is a whole blog dedicated to counting the mistakes and misinformation BILD publishes.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. freedoms_stain

    @7, I think the media used to largely police itself, the show I mentioned before the dude was a former investigative journalist, the papers he worked for in the 80′s and 90′s you printed a correction for every factual error you published, if you had more than 3 in a year you got the sack, that standard has largely been abandoned, quality journalism has been turfed in favour of spewing out as much content as possible with little regard as to its accuracy or quality.

    I bet there’d be a fall in inaccurate reporting if publishers started getting fined for it.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    That’s because ten years ago you actually had to do research, fact checking, and all that stuff. Now you just have to go on the internet and copy-paste whatever someone else already wrote.

    Modern news media is a joke, especially online. It’s a festering cesspoll of propaganda and neatly spun headlines.

    #9 3 years ago

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