Sun madness shocker: “Games ‘are giving kids dementia’”

Friday, 14th October 2011 09:09 GMT By Johnny Cullen

UK tabloid The Sun has claimed this morning that playing video games can result in “temporary dementia.”

The shocking claim is made to the paper by “top scientist” Baroness Greenfield.

“Screen technologies cause high arousal which in turn activates the brain system’s underlying addiction. This results in the attraction of yet more screen-based activity,” she said to the paper.

Greenfield noted that connections within the brain “can be temporarily disabled by activities with a strong sensory content,” as well as insisting that there was a “need” for children to be “outside, to climb trees and feel the grass under your feet and the sun on your face.”

This is not the first time this year The Sun’s come out with something like this on the gaming front: just after the UK launch of 3DS, the paper claimed that it was “the most returned games console ever” due to dizziness and headaches, something which ex-Nintendo UK comms boss Rob Saunders staunchly denied at the time.



  1. YoungZer0

    It’s The Sun.

    How is it worth an article?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. StolenGlory

    The Sun. Sensationalist Bullshit. We Love It.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Colin Gallacher

    Just look at his dementia ridden face. Games are just sick filth.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. viralshag


    I can’t wait for the day when the GAMING-IS-EVIL stories become pointless to print because no one cares and the world accepts it as an entertainment just like movies and TV. (Only better :) )

    #4 3 years ago
  5. lukemime

    News just in The Sun makes your brain vomit and your eyes bleed.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. sithsylar

    What…. where am i….. whats going on…..

    #6 3 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    @6: I guess the Rohypnol did it’s trick.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. sithsylar

    @7 well played sir roflmao

    #8 3 years ago
  9. silkvg247



    #9 3 years ago
  10. manamana

    Thats old news. Check out this ABC interview with the *baroness*

    SUSAN GREENFIELD: By screen culture, I mean literally that; a world of two dimensions where for six hours a day or more, people in the western developed world, more particularly kids, are spending time either playing games or on social networking sites and thereby putting themselves in an environment that is very much in the here and now, that has very strong audio and visual sensations, where at the press of a button you get instant feedback from whatever you’re doing.

    But at the same time, you’re perhaps removed from some of the aspects that we take for granted. Those of us who are older or those of us who are born in the 20th century, that we taken for granted. Things like metaphor, abstract concepts, logical narrative, conceptual frame works, long attention spans, imagination. The kind of areas we can explore in more detail, if you like.

    But it’s primarily a world of a small child, a world of the here and now, a world of a sound byte, a world of an instant frozen moment where nothing has consequences, and where everything is literal. Where nothing has a meaning, you’re not saying one thing in terms of something else, you’re saying literally, what you see is what you get.”

    #10 3 years ago
  11. polygem

    and the sun gives adults serious paranoid schizophrenia.

    …”here was a “need” for children to be “outside, to climb trees and feel the grass under your feet and the SUN ON YOUR FACE.”

    Sun: IN your face, punk! you mean?

    but i agree we need more trees AND more viedogames.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. endgame

    actually.. he just might be right: :))

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Doomsayer

    I just forgot what i wanted to type, damn you Battlefield…

    #13 3 years ago

    How many phones did they tap to get this information!?

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Gizkata

    More likely down to their poor diets in food and nutrition.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. triggerhappy

    Sounds like the baroness needs a good shagging.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Petulant Radish

    You don’t want to go outside and get the sun on your face, the ink’ll rub off and you’ll look like a badly printed mess.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. kupocake

    The Circle of Life:
    1) Newspaper creates article trolling gaming industry.
    2) Gaming industry points a million ray guns of linkage to newspaper website.
    3) Newspaper notes increased traffic activity and massively expanded backlink profile to original news story.
    4) Newspaper continues to periodically publish articles trolling massive traffic and backlink profile source.

    Of course, since articles covering these articles are themselves a massive source of hits for video game news sites (hell, I clicked this, even if it was to complain about the complaining), suggesting that it’d be nice if we all stopped would be rather futile.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. minxamo

    A top scientist = some drunk bloke they found in a chemist

    #19 3 years ago
  20. neon6

    @18 ggs

    #20 3 years ago
  21. DaMan

    Quite frankly, looking at certain members of this website I think they have a point.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Dannybuoy

    Sun readers are R-tards anyway. Their children after them will be R-Tards. And them after theirs. Games are the least of our worries

    #22 3 years ago

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