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Posted 12/26/17 , edited 12/27/17
WHO is classifying "gaming disorder" as a mental health condition. So make sure you don't let gaming take precedence over "other life interests" at least in the current draft. They will soon release detailed information on how to tell if you have this "disorder".

I don't see why they are targeting video games specifically. I have seen people get addicted to playing cards, football, watching movies, and pretty much everything under the sun. It seems really over kill to create a disorder just for gaming. Will we soon see "footballer disorder.


http://www.wsbtv.com/news/trending-now/gaming-disorder-officially-recognized-as-mental-health-issue-1/667744971

Put down the controller. Experts say you can be addicted to video games.

It’s called gaming disorder and it’s being officially classified as a mental health condition in the latest version of the International Classification of Diseases published by the World Health Organization due out next year, The Independent reported.

The classification will tell health providers that gaming disorder is serious enough to be monitored.

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The exact write-up has not been released, but criteria is needed to determine if someone suffers from the disorder. New Scientist reported.

The publication said that the draft wording about the disorder says that if “gaming takes precedence over other life interests” then someone could be diagnosed with condition, New Scientist reported.


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Posted 12/26/17 , edited 12/27/17
That's not really a disorder. That the same as me going "I don't really enjoy many activities that don't involve playing a piano." I'd really like them to define "other life interests".
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It doesn't matter. It's another step to try to cast out gamers from society by classing them as not mentally fit. It seems that if we aren't actively contributing to society and doing things that are 'normal' then we ourselves are 'abnormal' and have 'addictions', which is complete bullshit.
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Rationale seems fine to me. I don’t see the problem.
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ronchester44 wrote:

It doesn't matter. It's another step to try to cast out gamers from society by classing them as not mentally fit. It seems that if we aren't actively contributing to society and doing things that are 'normal' then we ourselves are 'abnormal' and have 'addictions', which is complete bullshit.


Gamers are harder to control than most groups. The ironic thing is that gamers are contributing to the economy its just that we aren't doing it the traditional way. Video games are a relatively cheap form of entertainment. One $50 game can last you 60-80 hours at least. While people who camp will buy $30,000 campers along with a host of other things or going and spending $10 on a 2 hour movie. Gamers are bad for the established entertainment methods.
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ronchester44 wrote:

It doesn't matter. It's another step to try to cast out gamers from society by classing them as not mentally fit. It seems that if we aren't actively contributing to society and doing things that are 'normal' then we ourselves are 'abnormal' and have 'addictions', which is complete bullshit.


If gaming is the single most important thing in your life then you probably do have an addiction, sorry to say. That's not a societal conspiracy against gamers, it's just a typical standard for addiction. The same measure is used when determining alcoholism, gambling addiction and other similar stuff.
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Why do they always have to target gamers? Why are we being treated so badly?
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Posted 12/27/17 , edited 12/27/17
Huh, when Monster Hunter World comes out I'm apparently going to have a mental health disorder.
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There are certain methodologies with gaming designed to keep a player at the screen, to come back at certain intervals, and to fork over more cash. The most famous being the Skinner Box. Some people are more susceptible to those methods than others. So yeah, gaming addiction has aspects that are likely more helpful to have classified from other sorts of addiction.

Seems pretty silly to jump to the conclusion that the WHO is classifying all gamers as having an addiction just because they're working on classifying what gaming addiction means.
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anything can become an addiction, drug, food, gambling, alcohol, gaming... if you do it too much and/or it interferes with your life to the point that's all you do, then you might be addicted to it. a quick pull link http://changingminds.org/explanations/behaviors/addiction/what_is_addiction.htm so yeah I accepted this a long time ago as an addiction, at least the government finally steps up and stops watching shrimp on a treadmill for a few minutes and waste the money better. it was a brief looking away from the shrimp I can assure you.
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Posted 12/27/17 , edited 12/27/17

Sawilagar wrote:

That's not really a disorder. That the same as me going "I don't really enjoy many activities that don't involve playing a piano." I'd really like them to define "other life interests".


Neglecting your job ,spouse,kids,pets,family,and so on would be my best guess.


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Neglecting your job ,spouse,kids,pets,family,and so on would be my best guess.



^ This.


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Why do they always have to target gamers? Why are we being treated so badly?


Nobody "always" targets gamers.
More or less, this is a classification for those who are so addicted that it's causing issues in their day to day lives.
Those who lose their jobs, their families, their livelihood over gaming - it's an addiction and a mental illness.
This doesn't classify those who maintain order in their lives while remaining a gamer.

When someone is so addicted to gaming that they're not able to partake in society at all, then it's an issue.
There are plenty of people I've met during my time playing MMOs that were on government benefits and refused to work because they had to keep playing the game.
They swore up and down that they'd "go get a job" only once the company shut down the server(s) they played on.
In the end, most of them have either: a) gone to another game or b) stayed around on the same game since most companies haven't killed off their legacy servers.
This was 5-10 years ago.

There is a balance.
Productive to society, productive to one's own life while being a gamer wouldn't put you into the classification that WHO has released/suggested.
Making gaming your #1 priority in life becomes an issue.
From what I have seen of yours and Rujikin's posts, neither of you would support the notion of a gamer living off of government benefits and using those benefits to support their gaming habit ad nauseam.
This isn't "targeting gamers" as much as it's "targeting those with an addiction to games".

You guys sure to leap bounds when it comes to these kinds of things.
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Posted 12/27/17 , edited 12/27/17

MonoDreams wrote:

Why do they always have to target gamers? Why are we being treated so badly?


Wow, what a coincidence. GamerGated gamer thinks he's a victim and also happens to be conservative. >_>

What are the odds.
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MonoDreams wrote:

Why do they always have to target gamers? Why are we being treated so badly?


Wow, what a coincidence. GamerGated gamer thinks he's a victim and also happens to be conservative. >_>

What are the odds.


I don't see how my political views are related to the topic, so why bring this in here?
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No point in caring what a bunch of literally WHO loonies are spouting. Ignore something and the 'value' and weight behind that thing will diminish. This effect stacks.
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