I did not really think that another survey was needed, but the people
Concordia University thought it would be fun to compare people that
gamble offline only with people that gamble online only. Huh?
In a study led by Sylvia Kairouz, Ph.D., it was found that the online
gamblers drank more and smoked more marijuana.
Maybe that is because drinks are expensive in the offline casinos and
they do not serve marijuana? Plus, gambling while you are high is a
real hoot! Yah think?
Anyways, the doctor got her paper published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior
and Social Networking, which is the usual goal of these surveys, publication
in some elite sounding journal.
Ms Kairouz said:
“The number of gambling sites around the globe have grown
from about 15 in 1995 to 2,358 in 2010 and global Internet
gambling revenues increased from $3 billion to $24 billion
between 2000 and 2010.”
Ms Kairouz also said:
“Our results show that online gamblers reported being involved
in more types of gambling and they spent more money and time
playing than those gambling offline only. The proportion of
frequent and problematic drinkers and cannabis users was also
much higher among the Internet players.”
Thank you doctor.
Online games can be a rough and tumble, even nasty sort of place. Swearing,
cussing, distracting, bullying, intimidating, sexual harassing, racial
harassing, ect. ect. So, the players are supposed to ‘report’ these types
of misbehavior, but what can the game company do about it if they recieve
hundreds of reports everyday? Will they pay staff members around the clock
to review all these complaints? And if the complaint is valid, what will
the staff members do about it?
Riot Games, creators of League of Legends which claims to have several million
players in it’s Massively Multiplayer Online has devised a novel way to deal
with it. Elite players, those that have reached level 30, can become a judge
on the Tribunal panel. These players will judge the complaints.
If the Tribunal panel finds a player guilty, they can impose some sort of
penalty. Of course, the company does not want to lose too many players, so
the penalties would be loss of credits, or demotion to a lower level.
Addiction to Twinkies could ruin a child’s life but the junk food companies
do not really care about your kid, they care only about corporate profits.
Therefore, they are going where the kids are and plastering them with junk
food messages. “So tasty, so cool, all the kids love it”. “Ask mom to put
a Twinkie in your lunchbox today!”.
That type of brainwashing.
You see, TV advertising of junk foods high in fat, salt, and sugar, are
prohibited during children’s programs, but there is no such regulation for
online games. Some really big companies, such as, Nestle, Kellogg’s, Rowntree,
and Cadbury have created websites with games, cartoon characters and videos aimed
at children. They are actually stalking your kids!
Mubeen Bhutta, from the British Heart Foundation, said:
“Junk food manufacturers are preying on children and targeting
them with fun and games they know will hold their attention.
Regulation protects our children from these cynical marketing
tactics while they’re watching their favourite television
programmes but there is no protection when they are online.”
Like we didn’t have enough threats on our list!
It is true, sort of. It was not Obama himself, but the Department of Justice,
DoJ, which is part of his administration. The DoJ has flip-flopped on their
interpretation of the Wire Act of 1961 saying that lottery tickets can be sold
online as long as they are sold only to residents of that state. In other words,
the Wire Act bans inter-state wire gambling ONLY. Isn’t that a strange law?
Well, I guess it protects those states that do not want their residents gambling
Although the DoJ statement mentions only lottery tickets, the principle, and our
laws are usually based on principles, should hold true no matter what type of bet
is being sold online as long as it is sold ONLY within that one particular state
which has granted a license.
So, this is great news for the companies that want to host online gambling casinos
and poker rooms.
However, I have heard from some experts that say there is still a monetary glitch
in that, online gambling within just one state does not raise enough of a jackpot
to attract the big money players. Oh well, they’ll get over it.