Monday, May 7, 2018

News - The World Health Organization plans to classify Video Game Addiction as a Disease

I received an email today linking me to the following article: 


So, what's the main takeaway?
The WHO has said it will include "gaming disorder" in a June update to its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), defining it as a pattern of behavior "characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences." 
A CAMH study released in 2016 estimated 13 percent of Ontario students-or almost 123,000 kids-have experienced symptoms of a "video gaming problem," which was up from nine percent in 2007. About one in five boys reported having "problematic symptoms" linked to their video gaming.
I wonder when table-top roleplaying games come into play?


  1. Tabletop only leads to Satanism and and edition wars.

  2. most governments have advice on how much screen time is considered healthy - kids online constantly with strang adults playing games unsuited for kids has some strange consequences - we used to run rpgs in libraries as warhammer rehab

  3. I dunno. I definitely have an unhealthy mental compulsion to buy games I will likely never play. I've been trying to mitigate that some lately by selling off large parts of my collection and trying to exercise more restraint when buying, but I still do more impulse buy way more stuff than I should or can really afford to.

    1. That's probably a whole nother disease - collecting-itis.

  4. This doesn't affect Table Top games because of the commonality of the Cure Disease spell. Gary was ahead of the curve.


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