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European researchers think they’ve found a cure for ‘gaming addiction’

Published: 17/Jul/2019 22:45 Updated: 17/Jul/2019 23:18

by Bill Cooney


German researchers may be close to a cure for video game addiction after a trial of 143 participants saw positive results.

Video game addiction may be a meme, but it and internet addiction are also a serious problem for some people.

Now, a German clinical trial may have found a potential treatment for both using behavioral cognitive therapy on patients, as originally reported by Vice.

Epic GamesThe study didn’t specify how many Fortnite players were among the participants.

How did they find the cure?

The researchers ran a study that focused on 143 men with an average age of 26 who all reported suffering from internet addiction, psychosocial functioning and depression.

Half of the group were used as a control, while the other half received the treatment, consisting of “partial abstinence” from video games and the internet as well as group therapy and individual sessions for participants.

TreyarchParticipants in the study were males with an average age of 26.

Instead of focusing on completely eliminating video games and the internet from the participant’s lives, the study aimed to help them understand their relationship with games and change it.

“It is important to emphasize that it does not automatically mean you are addicted if you are keen on playing computer games,” researchers told Vice. “It is important to keep in mind that only a minority is developing an addictive behavior towards gaming and other internet activities. On the same hand, it is equally important to take these patients seriously and to accept that they are suffering and in need of help. Anything else would be mere ignorance.”

Blizzard EntertainmentThe study is promising, but it might not be whole answer.

The study didn’t focus specifically on video game addiction and it was fairly short term, so researchers admitted that more long term studies could be needed.

Another issue with the study is that all of its participants were men, with absolutely no women involved in the sample population.

PUBGThere were no women involved in the study, though.

“Women suffering from internet-related disorders indeed do not find their way into the specific, addiction-related, health care system but rather seem to seek other therapeutic help because of other disorders that are perceived as the main problem,” the researchers said. “We are currently investigating this phenomenon in a different research project.”

League of Legends

Riot finally set to nerf support Pantheon in League patch 10.25

Published: 24/Nov/2020 7:04

by Isaac McIntyre


Riot Games have finally locked in plans to nerf Pantheon, particularly his support and mid lane picks, in a raft of changes for the Artisan of War that should arrive on live League of Legends servers by LoL patch 10.25.

Pantheon has been out of control across the Rift since his Season 10 rework; the LoL bruiser was originally planned to stay in the top lane, but spilled out into mid lane and support.

The versatile bruiser has shone in solo queue. As of League patch 10.23 he boasts a 9.11% play rate in support, and a 20.28% ban rate. Pantheon also ruled the roost in pro play too; he was played a whopping 210 times across 2020, and banned in a further 251 games.

The League of Legends community has been begging Riot for an update to cowl the Artisan of War. The issue, most fans agree, is his threat in bot as a “kill” support ⁠— and now it seems League’s balance team is finally on the same page.

Pantheon Medusa skin.
Riot Games
Pantheon has been “out of control” as a powerful support in Season 10.

The aim, League dev Riot Phlox revealed, is to curtail Pantheon’s power across the competitive scene, and in mid and support, in an effort to give top lane “a place to shine” again. Phlox unveiled the nerfs on Twitter on Nov. 23.

All four of Pantheon’s abilities are coming under the microscope. His Q, “Comet Spear,” will only have its cooldown and mana cost tweaked, while E, “Aegis Assault,” will lose its iconic tower shot blocks. His W, “Shield Vault,” is getting a damage spike too.

Finally, his Q and E’s empowered versions are having bonuses stripped out of them, while “Grand Starfall,” his cross-map ultimate, now deals extra damage too.

These changes should “give Pantheon a better trading pattern for fighting other melee champs in the top lane, and drain some power from support,” developer Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter added on Twitter after the planned changes were revealed.

Pantheon in League of Legends
Riot Games
All four of Pantheon’s abilities are coming under the hammer in patch 10.25.

The new Pantheon changes are expected to arrive on the League of Legends PBE on Nov. 24, before being shipped live in patch 10.25. “These should drop Wednesday to PBE, I think,” Phlox said. “ I’d love to hear how it sounds and how it plays out if you can manage a few games.”

League patch 10.25 has already been penciled in for Wednesday, Dec. 9. The Pantheon nerfs are expected to be the headlining changes, alongside continued tweaks for the Season 11 item overhaul Riot launched this preseason.

Here’s all the details on Pantheon’s planned patch 10.25 nerfs:

Planned Pantheon nerfs for LoL patch 10.25

  • Movement speed 355 ⇒ 345.
  • Q cooldown 10-8 ⇒ 8-6, mana cost 40 ⇒ 30. 
  • Empowered Q no longer slows.
  • W damage 60-140 ⇒ 60-260.
  • E no longer blocks tower shots, retreat movement penalty 50% ⇒ 25%.
  • Empowered E no longer extends duration upon empowerment, [new] when Pantheon slams his shield he gains 60% move speed for one second.
  • R [new]: the spear that lands before Pantheon now slows for 50% and applies an unenpowered spear’s worth of damage in a small area around it.