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WHO may add gaming disorder as a mental health condition

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WHO may add gaming disorder as a mental health condition
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London, Dec 24, 2017: Are your kids addicted to video games? Beware, soon their behaviour might be classified as a mental health condition by the World Health Organisation (WHO),the media reported. For the first time, WHO is thinking of adding gaming disorder to its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the New Scientist reported, earlier last week.

The ICD — a diagnostic manual that’s published by the WHO — was last updated 27 years ago, in 1990. The 11th edition of the manual is due in 2018, and will include gaming disorder as a serious health condition to be monitored. In the draft of the 11th version released by WHO, gaming disorder is described as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video-gaming’), which may be online (that is, over the internet) or offline”.

The draft currently lists a variety of behaviours that clinicians could use to determine if a person’s gaming has become a serious health condition. According to this draft, someone has gaming disorder if they have impaired control over gaming, in terms of frequency, intensity, duration, termination.

These people give increasing priority to gaming “to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests”, and that they will continue gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences. Further, in order for a diagnosis to be assigned, the behaviour of addiction to games should be evident over a period of at least 12 months.

“Health professionals need to recognise that gaming disorder may have serious health consequences,” Vladimir Poznyak, a member of the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, was quoted as saying to the Independent. “Most people who play video games don’t have a disorder, just like most people who drink alcohol don’t have a disorder either. However, in certain circumstances overuse can lead to adverse effects,” Poznyak added. (IANS)

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All New Gaming Platform! Google Launches Cloud Gaming Service Stadia

The tech giant believes that game developers will no longer be limited to computing and will be able to create games with "nearly unlimited resources".

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"It's a nice looking one with a dedicated screenshot button, a Google Assistant shortcut and a built-in microphone. The controller has two joysticks, four action buttons, a full-size directional pad and two shoulder buttons on either side," the report added. Pixabay

Google has unveiled its Cloud gaming service called Stadia at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) here.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai introduced the Stadia service during a special keynote at the GDC late on Tuesday.

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Google will also launch a game controller to use with its service called the Stadia controller. Pixabay

“This opens the possibility of Cloud-based gaming, which technically “streams” the game to a controller and display,” the GSMArena reported .

The platform is essentially a Cloud-based infrastructure where game developers would be able to design and write games to run directly on the Internet giant’s hardware at data centres.

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“It’s a nice looking one with a dedicated screenshot button, a Google Assistant shortcut and a built-in microphone. The controller has two joysticks, four action buttons, a full-size directional pad and two shoulder buttons on either side,” the report added. Pixabay

The tech giant believes that game developers will no longer be limited to computing and will be able to create games with “nearly unlimited resources”.

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Google will also launch a game controller to use with its service called the Stadia controller.

“It’s a nice looking one with a dedicated screenshot button, a Google Assistant shortcut and a built-in microphone. The controller has two joysticks, four action buttons, a full-size directional pad and two shoulder buttons on either side,” the report added. (IANS)