It's official, we're all sick

#1 - June 18, 2018, 2:44 p.m.
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WHO classifies gaming addiction as a mental health disorder
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#76 - June 18, 2018, 11:29 p.m.
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06/18/2018 07:51 AMPosted by Woodspath
I wish game developers would make a little more effort than they do to defend their customers against these types of stigmas and promote the fact that gaming isn't just some kind of poison that we let into our lives.

You won't see too much from developers officially because there actually is an organization who represents the industry that responds on issues like this called the Entertainment Software Association(ESA). I'm not remotely involved with that and solely work with World of Warcraft but just shedding some knowledge that there is a group that represents at least the "industry".

They issued a response this morning here if you'd like to read it.

"It is extremely important to note that the proposed draft circulating is not final and it is still under discussion and review. Experts worldwide are urging caution regarding the World Health Organization's proposed 'gaming disorder' as it may lead to misdiagnosis of real mental health conditions. It is concerning to see the 'gaming disorder' proposal in this draft despite significant opposition from the medical and scientific community. The research supporting inclusion is highly contested and inconclusive. There is no objective evidence to define and diagnose overuse and that may result in misdiagnosis. The WHO should consider the mounting evidence put before them before inclusion next year of 'gaming disorder' in the final version of ICD-11."
- Entertainment Software Association, June 18, 2018

Just for awareness these kinds of topics are a little off topic for the WoW forums so please try to discuss something like this in a constructive way.