Dr Richard Wood of www.gamres.org develops and evaluates responsible gambling initiatives, such as www.gamgard.com, that supports socially responsible game design and www.gamtalk.org that provides free online support for people with gambling related issues. Recently, he has spearheaded the concept of Positive Play, shifting the responsible gambling focus on to encouraging positive, responsible gambling beliefs and behaviours amongst all players. This approach emphasizes the need to better understand and promote positive gambling behaviours, rather than only warning against the negative consequences of excessive play, which many players do not relate to. Dr Wood led the development of the Positive Play Scale (PPS) the first ever instrument to measure and optimize responsible gambling strategy. To date, studies utilizing the PPS have been conducted in every Canadian province, in six US states, in New Zealand, the UK, Italy and Macau.
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