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It's no secret that most people think of addiction as a threatening social issue. News reporters, social scientists, and forum-goers have mulled over the notion of video game addiction in particular. Despite all the time and effort, we still don't truly understand the problem.But according to these kids all you need is a stage, some lights, and a few willing actors in order to understand addiction.
The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School is ready to stage an event the audience won't soon forget. Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (or N3RD) is a play which revolves around students who've become addicted to the eponymous survival-horror game, Neighborhood 3.
According to the playwright, Jennifer Haley, N3RD "explores video game addiction and the importance of teen-parent communication."
For a few dollars, Haley will treat the the audience to the play, original music composed by the students, and a round-table discussion hosted by Dr. Tom Massarelli, a psychologist for the school district.
If my school's theater program produced plays like this, I might have been on a stage instead of behind a keyboard. Since Hollywood refuses to film anything as interesting as Neighborhood 3, I suppose it's up to high school students to tackle the issue of gaming addiction [The Sentinel via GamePolitics].
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