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Video Game Addiction

What’s the buzz?

Video game addiction has been a hot topic, since the WHO announced they would be including “gaming disorder” in the ICD. Just this month Prince Harry made headlines when he spoke out about Fortnite, saying, “It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible.”

Prince Harry is not the only one buzzing about video game’s impact. Good Morning America did a special titled “What parents should know about the online survival game Fortnite.” In the clip, Clinical and Sports Psychologist Dr. Jonathan Fader talks about the social and interactive component of the game sucking people in. You can watch more in the clip below.

Video games seem to be a growing topic of conversation among parents, teachers, and even political leaders. The buzz around this topic is likely to continue as research continues to come out.

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Addictive video games? What makes the list in 2019

Addictive video games? What makes the list in 2019

The unknown gamerverse

While it’s relatively easy to recognize the signs of problematic video game use, identifying the games being played is proving to be much more difficult. When parents of troubled teens are asked what games their children play, they often respond with “some shooter game,” or “I’m really not sure.” That said, parents are keen at noticing the ways in which games interfere with academics and daily life. 

What video games are most addictive?

Game developers often pride themselves in producing addictive video games. And players are quick to create lists of addictive games. To this point, a quick Internet search on addictive video games will show countless sites highlighting the top addictive video games of 2019, followed by the most addictive video games of all time.

Briefly, let’s highlight a few MMO, MMORPG, and RPG games which frequently show up on  assessments for those seeking treament.

The following video games made our list:

  • Fortnite
  • Minecraft
  • Hearthstone
  • Overwatch
  • Guildwars2
  • League of Legends
  • Call of Duty
  • World of Warcraft
  • Counter Strike
  • Dota 2
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Elder Scrolls

This list is not exhaustive. In fact, there are thousands of addictive video games on the market.

Rise in Gaming?

More video games are played today than ever before. This rise in gaming worldwide poses difficulties for parents and healthcare professionals alike who are not familiar with the complex nature of video games.

When seeking treatment or help with an addiction, especially one involving digital media, it’s always best to work with a team of specialists rather than a generalist who may have little understanding of industry trends.

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