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“Gaming disorder” to be classified as a disease by WHO

Published: 25/May/2019 18:57 Updated: 25/May/2019 19:08

by Virginia Glaze

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The World Health Organization caused a stir across the gaming community in summer 2018, after introducing a clause in their diagnostic handbook that would classify “gaming disorder” as a legitimate mental health affliction – a clause that has since passed in the 11th edition of the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases.

To be officially diagnosed with “gaming disorder,” a patient must exhibit three symptoms: 

  • an inability to control gaming behavior (whether it be the duration, intensity, or frequency of play time, etc.)
  • placing an “increased priority” on gaming that takes precedence over other activities in life
  • an increased escalation of gaming despite negative consequences

The WHO state that, to be diagnosed with the disorder, “The pattern of gaming behavior may be continuous or episodic and recurrent,” and requires a 12 month period to assign an official diagnosis – that is, unless symptoms are “severe” enough to warrant a more prompt classification.

Despite the WHO’s controversial new addition, many gaming organizations and even psychologists are wary of the “disorder,” with mental health experts sounding off their concerns as early as last year, when the concept was initially introduced.

FreepikThe WHO has officially declared “gaming disorder” a disease, which is now included in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases.

“You could easily take out the word ‘gaming’ and put in ‘sex’ or ‘food’ or ‘watching the World Cup,’” Oxford psychologist Andrew Przybylski said of the matter, arguing that the WHO’s “new” classification isn’t even about games, in particular – a fact that he feared could “lead to a kind of pathologization of every aspect of life.”

FreepikSince the WHO’s 2019 ruling, gaming enthusiasts and personalities have been decrying the decision across social media, with many finding the decision unfathomable.

Following the WHO’s latest ruling, gaming enthusiasts have been sounding off across the internet, with such personalities like esports analyst Rod Breslau, caster and content creator Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop, and more decrying the decision via social media.

“I’m collecting disability,” Breslau jokingly Tweeted of the matter.

“Does that mean I can get a placard to park in the handicapped spots?” content creator ‘Anne Munition’ wrote. “Or start collecting disability checks? (I would never actually do this but honestly, ‘video game disorder?’)”

While the WHO has made a new place for “gaming disorder” in its ranks, the condition doesn’t go into effect until January 1, 2022 – leaving gamers with a little under three years before parents can take their “gaming addicted” children to psychologists for an official diagnosis of the disorder.

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Logan Paul stunned after receiving “world’s largest Pokemon card”

Published: 22/Jan/2021 1:01

by Brent Koepp

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Popular influencer Logan Paul was left stunned when YouTube artist Vexx sent him a Pokemon Trading Card Game item that is almost as tall as a house. 

In 2020, Logan Paul’s self-proclaimed love of Pokemon helped kick off a TCG craze that swept over sites like YouTube and Twitch. He spent thousands upon thousands on rare cards and booster packs.

In January, the Nintendo mega-fan was left floored when an artist surprised him with a one-of-a-kind collectible that no one else has.

Logan Paul holds up pokemon card sets.
YouTube: Logan Paul
YouTube star Logan Paul is a major Pokemon fan.

Logan Paul owns “world’s largest Pokemon card”

Logan Paul’s love for the Game Freak RPG runs deep as the star was even willing to fly to Las Vegas and drop $500k on a 1st Edition Charizard card. However, recently the 25-year-old received one TCG item that is priceless from YouTuber Vexx.

In his January 17 upload, the artist exclaimed “This is going to be the world’s biggest Pokemon card ever!” while revealing his custom Pokemon card to weigh 75kg/165 pounds. Vexx then showed viewers how he made the gigantic art piece which features Gen I ‘mon Charizard and Squirtle.

Paul’s jaw dropped open after the card arrived at his house, before shouting,”Whoa. What the fuck. This is sick!” The influencer then was blown away by how accurate the art piece details were.”This is sick. He murdered it. This is very very very impressive.”

While the 25-year-old said he could “no longer spend money” on cards in 2020, the star teased his return to collecting in a January 17 tweet after reacting to a 1999 Base Set booster box selling for $408k. “This is insane. the price more than doubled since i bought mine last year… gets me so excited for my next box break,” he tweeted.

Despite his insane collection of Pokemon merchandise, Logan Paul confessed that the giant card was one of the best things he’s ever owned: “We are all obsessed with this piece. It’s probably the coolest piece of Pokemon art I own. It’s beautiful! I love this so much.”

Technically, Vexx’s custom art piece is not an official TCG collectible. Though it really does look like a Pokemon card as it gets every little detail right. Plus it truly is a one-of-a-kind Charizard item that any fan would love to have.