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Old 12-28-2017, 10:24 AM   #1
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World Health Organization Draft Recognizes Gaming Addiction

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/a...addiction.aspx

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The World Health Organization, the health arm of the United Nations, has included a recognition of gaming addiction in their newest internal classification of diseases revision.

That classification, or the ICD-11, is due out in 2018 and the current draft points to prioritization of gaming above all else and impaired control over the act as behavior indicating an addiction.

“The behavior pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational, or other important areas of functioning,” reads the current WHO draft. “The gaming behavior and other features are normally evident over a period of at least 12 months in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, although the required duration may be shortened if all diagnostic requirements are met and symptoms are severe.”

Official recognition means that it's likely official diagnoses are likely not far down the line.
We need gaming addiction to be officially recognized now?
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Old 12-28-2017, 10:43 AM   #2
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Eh, while I think it is sort of interesting that a WHO draft recognized gaming addiction I doubt anything major is going to come out of it.
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Old 12-28-2017, 10:52 AM   #3
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Here's to hoping people, and more importantly the people around those people, can get some help.
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Old 12-28-2017, 11:24 AM   #4
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I never really had a gaming addiction, I played video games since the 80s, but it was never enough that I was addicted to them, I only play the games I'm interested in, plus there are times where your burned out by video games, you rather watch other people play them, like on Twitch.

Playing video games can sometimes be stressful, like if your stuck on a level you can't beat, you resort to using cheat codes to beat it.
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Old 12-28-2017, 12:07 PM   #5
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I think this is a response to the people who sit on games like League of Legends and World of Warcraft virtually all day long.
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Old 12-28-2017, 12:18 PM   #6
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I think this is a response to the people who sit on games like League of Legends and World of Warcraft virtually all day long.
I think someone died doing a marathon thing like that recently.. Anyway, yes that was my thought, the minority you mentioned not general gamers.
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Old 12-28-2017, 09:13 PM   #7
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And they wanted to make gaming as an e-sport. What a joke.
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Old 12-28-2017, 09:21 PM   #8
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Old 12-28-2017, 09:29 PM   #9
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I mean, anything can be taken too far, so this isn't really news but it is good that more forms of addiction are being recognized
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Old 12-29-2017, 03:51 PM   #10
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Gaming was my life as a kid. Once I had to work for a living, I feel as if I have to force myself to game.
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:20 AM   #11
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I must have played about 30 hours of video games in the past 10-14 days. Do I qualify as an addict?
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:39 AM   #12
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I must have played about 30 hours of video games in the past 10-14 days. Do I qualify as an addict?
Can't tell if this is a rhetorical or legitimate question.
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Old 12-30-2017, 11:50 AM   #13
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Can't tell if this is a rhetorical or legitimate question.
I am more or less joking.
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I am more or less joking.
Yeah I figured you might be when I started to reply.
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Old 12-30-2017, 12:21 PM   #15
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Anyway, I think I was more addicted when I was a kid/teenager. granted nowadays I don't have much time to play games all day anymore, but even if I have nothing else do one on a day, I cant' bring myself to spend 8-9 hours of it playing video games like I did when I was 13 or so.
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