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The South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced two new policies aimed at stifling so-called video game addiction among the country's youth. Dubbed the "nighttime shutdown," users ages 19 and under of certain online games will be required to select one of three mandatory si...

April 13th 2010 at 12:00am 0 Comments
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It's easy to talk about gaming addiction as an abstract concept, but whether or not you think the idea holds a lot of water there are an awful lot of studies and examinations of it that just won't go away. Still, the concept is easy to deny. The human element, however, makes it much more real and th...

October 21st 2009 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Gamers will argue almost endlessly over which games are the best, which ones were most important, what the proper way to play is... but one thing we almost universally agree on is that we are not addicted. We all know the arguments -- the guy who plays sixteen hours a day in his parents' basement wo...

October 5th 2009 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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Just when you think this kind of thing can only happen in the Netherlands, along comes ReSTART, a Washington state-based rehab center that offers a 45-day course of treatment crafted to help you kick your internet or World of Warcraft addiction. Oh, and it's all offered at the bargain price of $14,...

September 7th 2009 at 9:35am 0 Comments
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In a step widely regarded by Joystiq staffers planning on traveling to China someday as "the right call," the Chinese government has halted the use of electroshock therapy to treat video game addicts. The order came down yesterday to a clinic in Linyi, Shandong province from the country's Ministry...

July 14th 2009 at 10:00pm 0 Comments
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Citing "the encouragement of addictive gaming," the government of Thailand recently shut down approximately 72 websites "offering access to online gambling and games." The decision was made shortly after the tragic suicide of 12-year-old Pongsathorn Wattanabenjasopha, allegedly caused by his father...

May 24th 2009 at 11:30pm 0 Comments
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Let's face it, folks, game addiction is hot. We've all read the stories, some of them funny and others tragic. And then, of course, there are the scare pieces. Enter Australia's Herald Sun, which declares that gaming addiction is on its way to becoming a national health problem. The article notes t...

May 19th 2009 at 8:30pm 0 Comments
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China's General Administration of Press and Publication claims that the government's anti-game-addiction program is proving successful, as evidenced by new statistics released by the China Youth Social Service Center this week.According to the CYSSC, the proportion of people under the age of 18 pla...

March 20th 2009 at 3:10pm 0 Comments

Video game addiction is a serious problem. Well, its not, but let's pretend it is. This crippling addiction apparently has such a hold on the children of Vietnam, that a clinic to help kids kick the habit has just opened there. There are currently around 50 patients there, all between the ages of 13...

November 18th 2008 at 10:00am 0 Comments
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Today's episode of Dr. Phil (check your local listings) will deal with game addiction. GamePolitics notes that guests on the show will include Liz Woolley, founder of Online Gamers Anonymous, whose son killed himself playing Everquest; Wendy Kaye, wife of SOCOM's lead designer; and several others.S...

October 20th 2008 at 1:58pm 0 Comments