WHO Mulls Adding ‘Gaming Disorder’ to Global Malady List
The only way to win is not to play. The World Health Organization has released a draft of its updated classification of diseases, and it now includes video games on a list of recognized addictions. “Gaming Disorder,” as it’s known, theoretically occurs when gamers can’t function properly, lack control of their playing habits and can’t stop even when negative consequences result. The U.S. version of the list calls for further study of the unofficial disorder, while the final WHO guidelines might still exclude it upon their expected 2018 release.