Professor Dispells Metro/Mail Article – “We Never Said That”

[drop2]Following on from yesterday’s rather odd Metro reporting, the free paper (and The Daily Mail) published another article this morning claiming that “gamers couldn’t tell real world from fantasy”.

The gaming community has, as was expected, been up in arms about this all day, but Spong have spoken to the author of the research the newspapers cited, and he’s hit back at the reports, saying they “obviously have an agenda.”


In a smart piece by Svend Joscelyne, Professor Mark Griffiths goes into detail about the paper, including the sample size (42 gamers) and the neutrality of the report, something that the Metro seemingly ignored.

“For one thing, we never said that in our paper,” the Professor said, “and for a second thing, the findings don’t even hint at that. The press release I put out yesterday regarding this study was completely neutral, not one negative thing in there.”

The Metro spouted about ‘games transfer phenomena’ – a catchy phrase that’s been passed around Twitter today, and – again – went on about Grand Theft Auto, which is still apparently about ‘wrecking things and killing people’.

“The Metro, they obviously had an agenda,” said Griffiths, “because all [the reporter] said was that he just wanted to know about the negative stuff. I told him that the paper was primarily positive, or at least neutral. He said ‘I don’t want to know about that, I want to know the negative stuff.’ So I just went through what we did, what we found and what we are doing next.”

For the full thing, we suggest reading the article on Spong, where you can also read the research paper.



  1. Shocking, a Paper twisting a article to fuel its own outrage at modern society.

  2. The best bit I heard about this was on radio 1 this morning when they were saying people try to use gravity guns to get items from the fridge.

  3. It’s nice to see the author of the study speaking out about shoddy journalism, must be really annoying for someone to twist your words like that.

    Also, from the paper: “when just “Cause 2″ was released” They might want to check the name of that game :D

  4. This always grinds my gears… of war. (sorry)
    But this seems to be happening a lot lately, gaming is the new hip scapegoat for anything it seems.

  5. Because it’s new and scary and they don’t understand it. Compared to other creative mediums which have their long standing audiences, games are relatively in their infancy so people are more inclined to believe this crap that people write due to lack of knowledge.
    It’s also easier for people to accept (this false information) as it’s commonly associated with youth culture, yet another misunderstood, feared and easy scapegoat.

    There will come a time when people don’t accept such bollocks, but until then, the masses will believe what’s written and thus people will write such drivel. Remember that at one time, people believed the world was flat because of lack of information.

    It’s sad, infuriating and pretty unprofessional but it’s life. Just be glad that eventually such rubbish will be replaced by in game news broadcasts and articles. :)

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