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Video game addiction on TNG

by Critical Commons Manager

Generational roles are reversed in this 1991 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, in which an alien video game technology causes the entire Enterprise crew to become addicted to the game, making them vulnerable to mind control by an alien race. The addictive qualities of the game are linked to sexual pleasure, which is ironically resisted by two teenagers, who are ultimately forced to submit. In it's continuing mission to deal with pressing social issues, TNG here resorts to multiple cliche's of the moral panic surrounding videogames. In addition to sexual pleasure and addiction, the games become vehicles for mind control and alien invasion.

Commander Riker becomes addicted to a video game delivered by AR glasses

An augmented reality game is linked with sexual pleasure in Star Trek TNG "The Game"

from Star Trek TNG S5E6 "The Game" (1991)
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment
Posted by Critical Commons Manager