Gaming Addiction

Discussion Post Formatting Recommendations

Unit 3 Discussion: Gaming Addiction

Instructions for Discussion:

Gaming? Hobby, distraction, or addiction? Are people substituting gaming for other addiction substances?

In your Initial Post, answer one, some, or all the following questions. DEFEND YOUR ANSWER! What do you know that supports your assertion? Opinion without evidence has NO place in an academic environment! Uninformed, uneducated opinions will yield a low score on this discussion! No copy/paste plagiarism allowed. See Course Syllabus & Course Orientation for more detailed information regarding Discussion requirements.

Initial Post Prompt:

Should gaming qualify as a true addiction? If yes, at what point does gaming qualify as an addiction? (Hint: look at your textbook’s definition of a disorder).

Are the game makers responsible in any way? What else? Discuss



In order to create the best possible discussion posts, use this formatting guide for your Initial Post (and response post, if appropriate) for each Unit Discussion. This format is not required but will help you to formulate the best possible posts.

· Introduction o 1-3 sentences

· Purpose: To set up and state one’s claim

· Make your introduction interesting. How can you draw your readers in?

· What background information do we need to know to understand your claim?

· Supporting Evidence Paragraph #1 o Purpose: to prove your argument

· Topic Sentence: What is one item, fact, detail, or example you can tell the reader that will help them better understand your claim/position?

· Explain Topic Sentence: Do you need to explain your topic sentence? If so, do it here.

· State Evidence: Introduce your evidence (As Dr. Brown states “…”) (“To understand this issue we need to look at the following statistics…) and provide your supporting evidence (reasons, facts, examples, statistics, quotations, etc.) to prove/support/explain your position and topic sentence.

· Explain Evidence: How should we read or interpret the evidence you are providing to us? How does this evidence prove your point? Can be opinion based and is often 1-4 sentences.

· Concluding Sentence: End your paragraph with a concluding sentence that reasserts how the topic sentence helps us better understand and/or prove your claim.

· Supporting Evidence Paragraph #2, 3, etc. o Repeat above as necessary.

· Be sure to use appropriate transitions in your paragraphs and between paragraphs as needed ( Transitional Words and Phrases by The University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center)

· Counterargument Paragraph o Purpose: to anticipate your reader’s objections; make yourself sound more objective and reasonable. o Optional

· What possible argument might your reader pose against your argument/position and/or some aspect of your reasoning? Insert one or more of those arguments and refute them.

· End paragraph with a concluding sentence that reasserts your paper’s claim as a whole.

· Conclusion o Purpose: to reminder readers of your argument and supporting evidence and restate your claim and evidence. To illustrate to your instructor and peers that you have though critically and analytically about the issue.

· Your conclusion should tell us why we should care about your position. What is the significance of your claim? Why is it important to you as the writer or to me as the reader? What information should you or I take away from this?

· Your conclusion should create a sense of movement to a more complex understanding of the subject of your post.

· Your conclusion should serve as the climax of your post So, save your strongest analytical points for the end, and use them to drive your conclusion.

· Vivid, concrete language is as important in a conclusion as it is elsewhere–perhaps more essential, since the conclusion determines the reader’s final impression of your post. Do not leave them with the impression that your argument was vague or unsure.

· WARNING: It’s fine to introduce new information or quotations in your conclusions, as long as the new points grow from your argument. New points might be more general, answering the “so what” question; they might be quite specific. Just avoid making new claims that need lots of additional support.