"Gaming Disorder"

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"Gaming Disorder"

Post by 0v3rz34l0u5 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:09 pm

According to many sources, Gaming Disorder may be recognised by the World Health Organisation. A lot of my friends say I have it, however, I play games in order to treat my other mental health disorders. I think this is a step in the wrong direction for people like me.

http://www.pcgamer.com/gaming-disorder- ... anization/

http://www.pcgamer.com/esa-encourages-w ... ification/

What is your opinion?
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Re: "Gaming Disorder"

Post by Kentone » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:18 pm

Say to a chess master that he playing chess all day is a disease :@
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Re: "Gaming Disorder"

Post by BillBailey » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:40 pm

Utter Bollocks.

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Re: "Gaming Disorder"

Post by 0v3rz34l0u5 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:50 pm

Nicely put Bill!
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Re: "Gaming Disorder"

Post by rattyocaster » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:08 pm

I'll be honest, I read this and just went "oh". Everyone is guilty of doing SOMETHING to excess whether constantly or intermittently. We've all had "one more round" (both game and drink probably) when we shouldn't have, and I'm sure we've all sat up watching something on TV or a box set when really we should have gone to bed leaving us feeling a bit crappy the next day. That people is "impacting normal function" and in theory means it is a disorder of sorts... No, it means you're a normal human with an interest in SOMETHING. People study and work to the detriment of their social lives as much as people game to the detriment of their social lives, but gaming IS a social thing. Especially with everyone here. We talk and chat on discord as we play and every year there's a community meetup, that's not exactly bad for a hobby which is "socially isolating", it's just that everyone compares socialising to how it was a couple of decades back where there actually were decent pubs with decent folk running them and people were going to them, not now where it's far cheaper to drink at home and in our case have a few whilst chatting with our friends who maybe we don't see from year to year but are still pretty much always there.
As far as the World Health Organisation are concerned, everyone here probably has "gaming disorder" to some degree, but as far as I'm aware, we all hold down jobs, we all keep in touch with family and friends outside of EBS and we all manage any other obligations we may have outside of that, it's just that gaming is what we do instead of watching the vapid garbage that is constantly on TV, which is which "normal" people seem to do when they aren't working, which in my opinion is far more brain rotting than playing computer games!

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BillBailey wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:40 pm
Utter Bollocks.
is pretty much right in my mind!

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Re: "Gaming Disorder"

Post by rattyocaster » Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:13 pm

Oh, writing that post made me a few minutes late seeing a friend...I'd better get my bags packed and go into rehab for my internet disorder... :P

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Re: "Gaming Disorder"

Post by Hevlikn » Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:50 pm

My thoughts are that anything done in moderation can be healthy, given the reasons for doing it. Moderation is the key word: once someone is unable to stop themselves from participating in any specific behaviour or action, they are being immoderate. Classic addictions, like smoking and drinking, people find themselves doing it not out of desire but out of habit or a perceived 'need.' It is not unreasonable to think that this can apply to any hobby or activity. Gambling, intimacy, books: games would not appear out of order on this list, but they can all be consumed immoderately.

If you can no longer control your actions, you are probably ill. I know I am.

That said, I too play games to escape the world outside, responsibility and such, and communities such as EBS are another wall on which to catch the proverbial when it hits the fan, a support network if you like. For many people that game however, they might not have such support (maybe because they don't have a mic to talk on, or the game is not community based).

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Re: "Gaming Disorder"

Post by Tedsville » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:46 pm

100% agree Ratty. This is all just hyperbole combined with pseudoscience on the part of the WHO. Are we going to start saying my dad has a disorder because he spends a lot of time at train stations taking photos of trains? No. Because that would be ridiculous. That's a thing he enjoys doing and it is in no way detrimental to himself in any way. This is just people who never grew up with computer games who are scared about a new thing they know nothing about labelling it as bad because they have never experienced it.
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Re: "Gaming Disorder"

Post by IRAZORI » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:54 pm

I've got it. Now give me my money.
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