GamePolitics has a statement from the ESA about the NIMF game addiction study published last week, and the subsequent questions raised by ABC and themselves about the legitimacy of the sample used that caused the researcher to admit an error in his methodology. This is an explanation the ESA is willing to accept, sort of: "We accept Dr. Gentile’s [subsequent] admission of [sampling interpretation] error at face value, although it is hard to understand how a researcher would base a scientific study upon an assumption about the nature of the group he was studying. It is not that Dr. Gentile did not have time to make sure that the group was a truly national representative sample: the data was collected in January, 2007..."
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