Video Games OFFICIALLY a Health Hazard!?

Game News: Video Games OFFICIALLY a Health Hazard!?

The World Health Organization has decided video games are a mental health risk. Get in line, WHO! Thing is... there's a lot of disagreement even in the health industry over it.

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  • RiverRunning

    2 weeks ago

    The funny thing about this is that it is the AAA gaming industry itself that is making gaming as much like gambling (in addition to some things gambling isn't allowed to do) that is causing this in the first place - particularly the "lack of control over time of gaming" - all these daily login things and timed events and set cycles for maps and raids are very much causing that but it's becoming a thing so that publishers can increase continuous attach rates... oops - so maybe some GOOD can come of this! The AAA gaming publishers could be sued for causing mental disorders in its customers!!


    TLDR; AAA publishers might have some BIG trouble on the horizon but old people still don't like the past-times of young people and that battle will rage until the end of death or time - whichever comes first.

  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Fiery the Angels rose,..

    2 weeks ago

    At least, they're not saying that gaming is the cause but, rather, the focus of an addiction.


    I can understand identifying the symptom, but care needs to be taken by those who will use this information incorrectly to condemn games.


    This is actually an attempt to help people with problems of addiction - which can be to almost anything, games included. Drug addiction, alcohol addiction, sex addiction, eating disorder (addiction), addiction to the color of ecru, ect. all have different classifications according to the WHO. Addiction to games is just another identifier in a long list that will help develop specific assistance for those whose addiction landed upon games. You can't treat sex addicts the same way you treat alcoholics. If there is no recognition of a problem, there can be no resolution, but the problem stems from the person, not the games. From what I've read, this is the purpose of creating this label - to acknowledge one of the multitude of avenues someone can experience an addiction, but not that the games themselves are any more addictive than reading a book (which some organizations have classified as a possible addiction, too).


    The same of "Hazardous Gaming" is still not identifying the games as the problem but when someone has a problem with games.


    Ferguson has fallen into the trap of making these designations mean more than they actually mean. They identify a problem with the individual, but they don't assign blame to the games. There's nothing trivial when any disorder causes a person to cease to function, but again, it's necessary to identify the focus of the addiction in order to deal with it - not to assign blame to any video game. If anyone is trivializing an addiction, it's Ferguson by saying it's not possible.


    The only thing these labels identify is when a person has ceased to function for the sake of gaming, not when someone has spent hours on games and then goes to work or calls in sick one day to just play a game (when people call in sick just to take a day off for pretty much anything). The key parts are the parts about ceasing to function. That's what people seem to be missing in this whole deal. People are putting words into the WHO's release that aren't there and skipping over the important bits that are there.

  • Shmittles FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Basically any pass-time "can" be addictive and overdone in unhealthy ways. It's only natural that the most popular passtimes will get more attention than less common ones in this regard, even though that unhealthy behavior clearly isn't unique or more prone to that passtime.

  • woard FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    People on both sides of this one are just being idiots.  To say that all gaming is addictive is just nonsense, but to say it can't possibly be is too.  If eating can be considered an addiction anything can be.  We as a people have to get over the all or nothing bull crap and learn to compromise.  Also if someone is addicted to anything including games, we should do what we can to help them.

  • smiegle2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Well, this is interesting, especially since the studies claiming video games are the cause of a lot of mental health issues are steadily being removed from publication because the result have been proven to be false.