Can you trust tabloid “video game addiction” stories?

Two days ago, the Daily Mirror ran a horrifying story of video game addiction. “Fortnite Made Me A Suicidal Drug Addict”, the headline screamed.

It was harrowing stuff describing “video game hell” that led to an abortive suicide attempt.

Was it exaggerated? It certainly looks that way. Eurogamer is on the case.

There’s no evidence to suggest the Mirror’s Fortnite story was fabricated. But when you pull back the curtain and discover how these types of articles are put together, when you understand how some mainstream journalism works, it’s hard not to wonder about the motivations of the parties involved.