Game Shops in Northeastern Thailand: Developing Standards of Game-shop Management for Youth in Ubon Ratchatani, Yasothorn, and Maha Sarakham

By Phuangkham Thongthua, Sastra Lao-Akka and Boonsom Yodmalee.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies

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This qualitative investigation assesses the current conditions of game shop management for youths in Northeastern Thailand and develops a model to standardize management practices. The tools used for data collection in the field were interviews, observation, focus group discussion, and workshops. The research area covered three North-eastern provinces in Thailand. These were Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothorn, and Maha Sarakham. The results show that game shops are managed according to five categories in Northeastern Thailand. These are the location of the shop, services provided, game content and game control, user discipline, and work projects. Three things must be considered before setting any game shop regulations: the educational benefit and development of young people, protection against vice, and respect of national law. There remain elements of game shop practice in Northeastern Thailand that are inconsistent with the law. Standardization of the business will help combat the deficiencies and dangers of unrestricted youth access to inappropriate material.

Keywords: Game Shop, Gaming, Management, Thailand, Youth

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, Volume 9, Issue 3-4, July 2015, pp.13-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 23, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 521.513KB)).

Phuangkham Thongthua

Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Cultural Science, Mahasarakham University, Mahasarakham, Thailand

Sastra Lao-Akka

Lecturer, Faculty of Cultural Science, Mahasarakham University, Mahasarakham, Thailand

Boonsom Yodmalee

Lecturer, Faculty of Cultural Science, Mahasarakham University, Mahasarakham, Thailand