Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Video Game Addiction (Full Segment) | HBO

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Video Game Addiction (Full Segment) | HBO

In the midst of a video gaming explosion, a growing public health crisis has come to light: video game addiction, raising questions about how to treat the tens of millions experiencing disastrous consequences from compulsive gaming, and what responsibility the game industry has for a product so engrossing that some now call it “digital crack.” #HBO #RealSports
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Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Video Game Addiction (Full Segment) | HBO


  1. C.I.A on May 26, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    not everyone is addict sometimes sometime some peopleknow how tocontrol

  2. Tyree Logan on May 26, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Raging squeaker 3:00….

  3. Terrence Langdon on May 26, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Na this is real my younger brother doesn’t do anything but game he spends hours on it from the time he wakes up till 2 am in the morning he can’t even graduate high school cus of it he doesn’t have any other hobbies but this

  4. Queer Enigma on May 26, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    In moderation and played responsibly then video games aren’t bad. But if they literally take over your life then you have a problem. Constant overstimulation changes your brain function. I look back and cringe at my past online life. No socialization(the toxic environment with mics doesn’t count as true human connection), no motivation, super out of shape, and overall not a fun person to be around. I USED to escape life thru my vid game addiction… I don’t miss that BS toxic environment!

  5. Morbid Corpse on May 26, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Well, with the constant attack on masculinity and rejection by attention seeking females, we have retreated to videogames. Friday Night: Gym after work, Call of Duty, Sugar Baby then she leaves, Call of Duty and Pizza, go to bed. Wake up Saturday repeat.

  6. Roman Hernandez on May 26, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Games are as potent as white china heroine

  7. Matrvus on May 26, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Not all video games are bad. In fact some video games are educational and sometimes therapeutic.

    I learned chess from chessmaster on playstation 1 back then. I even learned how to drive because of playing gran turismo! I even learned time management from playing ‘the sims’.

    Video games both has the power to make or break someone. All in all, It all boils down to however someone uses it.

  8. suscandy on May 26, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    My life has been ruined because of gaming.

  9. Blind Owl Market on May 26, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I don’t believe tech addiction is a real thing, yes you can have a obsession and be on it alot, but that isn’t a bad thing. It’s just different then what people are used to
    The world is changing and so are we. Being on you phone has been proven to help alot of people. People always hate new things and this is the same. By the older generations calling it a addiction there bringing a bad name to something that can be harmful but is mostly safe and healthy for all of us To do. Not to mention news outlets using and spreading this message to get views from parents who want to do what’s best for there kids but are lying to them and telling them it can lead to a addiction

  10. Big Bear Taylor on May 26, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    That lobbyist is full of beans. The first time I got a head shot on halo 3 and got the medal for it I was addicted. I’ve been addicted to that medal since 2008.

  11. Paxto on May 26, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    They just bad parents lol

  12. Pink Monster on May 26, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    my only problem with videos like these is that they seem to be implying that there’s a way that you’re supposed to live? i wonder what these people do in their freetime

  13. Rammy on May 26, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    bro i play for like 9 hours a day but my mom took it away 🤬🤬🤬

  14. Jason Woods on May 26, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    As a video game developer, the policy I have always encouraged parents to enforce on thee children is.. an hour a day then go out and play.

  15. jinglebeels on May 26, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    this video: gamers are addicted and depressed
    me: well I guess I’m depressed

  16. Jahkiya Chandler on May 26, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    I’m addicted to playing video games as I have loved playing video games all my life since I was a little kid but I’m just not sure if I have video game addiction. I play video games up to 20-30 hours and 40-50 hours gaming but I refuse to limit my video game timing as I love video games more than anything else, I will admit I’m super duper very very very very addicted to video games but just can’t stop gaming as video games make happy and relaxed. My mother and younger siblings even tell me my video game obbesion is getting way too out of control and I can’t spend the rest of my life playing video games but I won’t listen to them as I just can’t stop gaming all the time. As I said before I play video games up to 20-39 and 40-hours a day, I’m trying my best to limit my gaming timing but it’s too hard for me to do. You see, I play Fortnite on my Nitendo Switch Lite up to 60-65 hours and Call of Duty Black Ops more than 19-20 hours a day. I know I’m addicted to viedo games but I’m just not sure if I have video game addiction. I play mobile games up to 17-18 hours a day playing on my phone. My mother has always told me to to limit how much time I spend playing video games but I refuse to limit my gaming timing because I love playing video games more than anything. My dream is to become a professional gamer just like FaZe Clan the professional gaming eSports team and make money playing games professionally. I would rather play games for my rest of my life and I won’t cut down on my gaming and that’s not happening with me right now. I have to admit having video game addiction is something I’m proud of. I just love playing video way too much.

  17. green grenades on May 26, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Lol raise your children. Take that dang console and throw it in the trash. There problem solved.

  18. Christopher Espinoza on May 26, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    I mean if u are making money from it ion see anything wrong wit it tbh

  19. The STRANGEST on May 26, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Millions die due to eating because they can’t control themsleves. Lets ban food.

  20. game ghost plays on May 26, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    And the treasure boxes of only been around for a couple years

  21. Esquire Leonard on May 26, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    No tibia?

  22. devout misanthrope on May 26, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Program: "video game addiction exists."
    Gamers in this comment section: "…and I took that personally."

  23. MrLeary73 on May 26, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    Man it sounds like a lot of these parents are bad at what they are suppose to do. It’s almost like these people are not capable of raising kids and didn’t pay any attention to their kids and thought of it as a free baby sitter.

  24. Jon DGAF on May 26, 2022 at 10:12 pm


  25. Swords & Solitude on May 26, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    This story is not about video games. This story is about Looter Shooters, a specific type of game that is indeed designed to be "unending" and addictive. There are way more genres than this one. I play open world games with specific quests, a discreet narrative arc and an *ending*. Like a book or a film. Two or three hours a night. Like a movie. Huge generalizations here. 3% of gamers are clinically addicted? Those numbers are so low this is almost not worth reporting on. How about a story covering the artistic merits of games, the history of game design, the genius of Hideo Kojima or Shigeru Miyamoto, the beautiful message of connection in Death Stranding, the tragic ending of Mass Effect 2, the therapeutic effects of games for hospitalized children or the fact that games now outsell movies and include some of the most riveting stories and characterization of any current media? This is no different than creating a piece on "film addiction" because 3% of people can’t help themselves.

  26. eggmanwi on May 26, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    "Absolutely not…" said every drug dealer ever. Thanks for stealing my children.

  27. Peppstepper bros.lololololololol on May 26, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    He hasan Xbox burn it with hellfire

  28. game ghost plays on May 26, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    I’m jonesing for that video game so hot oh God

  29. Icarus on May 26, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    Anyone who’s been to Winnsboro knows there’s really nothing else to do but play video games

  30. Rain for me on May 26, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Omg a mental illness?

  31. CoolMan Caravan on May 26, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    How is being addicted to chess or playing drums any better

  32. Nullveer on May 26, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Typical Texas, I’ve lived in East Texas for thirty years and still never heard of some of the towns.

  33. Wiley Grantham on May 26, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    @Sidemen Yall seein this @6:58

  34. Zeyad Al-Hakim on May 26, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    I hate that lobbyist, what a greedy sheep.

  35. Jason Jackson on May 26, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    So people shouldn’t be allowed to have video game entertainment because some people’s kids get addicted to them?

    I’m honestly very tired of this world being run by weak people. If your kid gets addicted to a video game, you probably weren’t a very good parent, especially with the amount of locks that you can place on a child’s video game system (and these locks have existed over a decade now, at least?)

    Saying that video games are addictive on the level of cigarettes, which produce a literally physical addiction, is fairly ridiculous. Yes, people can begin to treat them as addictions, as we see in the video, but are they actually physically addicted to the games?

    And please don’t comment with "Well, the WHO said" — the WHO is one of the most corrupt organizations in the world, and they’re often wrong, as this pandemic should show.

  36. The cat on May 26, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Video games must be for adult 21 and older

  37. Andrewskyy on May 26, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    This is a scary slippery slope…. DO NOT confuse a genuine passion for an addiction. Was Nikola Tesla an addict to tinkering with radios? Was Van Braun addicted to building Rockets? Was Michael Jordan addicted to Basketball? …. No. The truth is: People gravitate to that which they enjoy, and that isn’t universally bad.

  38. Owen2131 on May 26, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    I Love video games. I am a musician as well, but I gotta say I do feel this guys addiction. I’ve recently checked out video game tournaments and such and for my life I wanna have Parts in music/music work (game composition) and others for the FGC (Fighting game community)

  39. Joe Lambeer on May 26, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    That’s what I did this weekend, wake up, play game, then sleep. LOL.

  40. xultronix on May 26, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    Sadly games are designed like this, because the companies making them put profits over people.

  41. Avalanche on May 26, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    i play games this is a but dramatic i get it its tv but yes gaming addiction is a real thing everything in small doses boys have fun buyt if you fell like your needing to play unplug your stuff

  42. Dre Sports on May 26, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    In my teenage years and early 20s I played video games. Biggest waste of time. Do something constructive in your life like Working out, read a book, get a job or focus on a business. Gaming also ruins your vision. I had 20/20 vision lost it bc of gaming.

  43. Jon DGAF on May 26, 2022 at 10:33 pm


  44. Ewjiml on May 26, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    You can play video games all day, every day. The PROBLEM is priorities. As long as my son gets his priorities done: school, chores, exercise, wrestling / sports done….I don’t care care what he does in his free time. He also must agree to go out when I say to go out, like to the grocery store. He’s an A student and he feels good about himself. He also loves video games. Kids need to feel productive and have self worth. It’s not video games problems.

  45. B W on May 26, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    She tried everything besides playing it herself. . .

  46. Kissepurr on May 26, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Not just kids. I have a 50 year old that sits at that game several hrs a day.

  47. sagusky on May 26, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    The respones to this video are literally "If video game can be addictive than why television?"

  48. Patrick Hewitt on May 26, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    I played ever quest years ago for about a year until I figured out it was consuming my life then I quit. No I have not quit playing video games but what I do play is offline the problem with online games all of them is there no end no conclusion it goes on and on it not like a movie where it stops most offline games are like movies they have an ending with credits. Fortnight there is no goal but to be number 1 and the game repeats it self over and over only goal being the last one standing. Then on to the next match etc its like a scratch off ticket if you don’t win then you buy another if you do win you want to get that winning feeling again it’s as simple as that.

  49. iced tokey on May 26, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    You literally can be addicted to anything, I don’t wanna here it. Guess it goes for tv watchers also.

  50. Legit YT on May 26, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    are we not gonna forget that gaming makes people not only famous but rich?

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