Tag Archives: addiction

Gaming Disorder and the World Health Organization

With the recent news about the inclusion of Gaming Disorder in the draft of the upcoming ICD-11, we asked Dr. Kelli Dunlap (doctor of psychology, game developer, manager of mental health research and design at iThrive games, and Take This volunteer) for her thoughts on the inclusion. While this article is a bit longer and […]

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Researchers Make a Case Against the Inclusion of Gaming Disorder in ICD-11

Late last week, a number of game industry organizations put their support behind an international team of researchers and scientists who oppose the World Health Organization’s (WHO) proposed inclusion of Gaming Disorder in the 11th update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The Entertainment Software Association, the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie) and […]

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An Expert Weighs in on Binge Gaming

The phrase “binge gaming” has bad connotations — it suggests unhealthy overindulgence and a lack of control. But is it really so bad to spend a bunch of hours playing a game? That’s the topic of the most recent episode of Forbes Overworld. Hosts Satchell Drakes and Matt Perez talk to Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D., director […]

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The Facts About Gaming Disorder

In the last few days, many consumers and industry professionals have expressed concern regarding the implications of several news articles that claim the World Health Organization (WHO) now recognizes “Gaming Disorder” as an official mental health diagnosis in the 11th update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). At Take This, our mission is to […]

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One Studio is Ditching the Free-To-Play Model for Its Players’ Health

Loot boxes and microtransactions have been in the crosshairs for the past couple weeks, as debate rages about the real-money purchases that were originally planned for Star Wars Battlefront II. What began as outrage over a single game’s questionable implementation of loot boxes has since spiraled into an industry-wide debate about the ethics and necessity […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Sharing Our Stories

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and gaming stories you may have missed. This week, we have three amazing stories about gamers and game developers dealing with adversity, and we also have a look at a fascinating new tech initiative that may help us understand how PTSD develops. An 8-Year Opiate Addiction […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Gaming the System

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental healthy, psychology and gaming articles you may have missed. This week, we have a few new angles on gamification, a retrospective on gaming’s biggest meditation on grief, and lots more. Get ready for serious games that improve your judgment “Commenting on the success of his team’s strategy, […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Three Different Approaches to Mental Health In Games

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health articles you may have missed. This week, we have details about a new mental health initiative started by barbers, looks at Downfall and Persona 5, and a lot more. A Major Update Relaxes Screen Time Rules for Some Kids “For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics […]

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This Popular Instagrammer Became a PSA for Alcohol-Use Disorders

📕 Reading 📕 #latergram A photo posted by Louise Delage (@louise.delage) on Aug 15, 2016 at 3:03am PDT Louise Delage is the perfect Instagrammer — she’s pretty, adventurous, and ridiculously photogenic. Since her profile opened in August of this year, she’s gathered thousands of followers. Her photos picked up tens of thousands of likes as […]

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How Proteus Gave One Player Space Apart from His Drug Habit

Over at IndieHaven, Simon Rankin shares the story of how games lost their appeal while he was abusing habit-forming drugs, and how one game, Proteus, managed to hold his attention even so. Throughout the time I was using drugs I remained entirely functional, and I appeared to be in complete control to any casual observer, […]

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