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UK Hospital To Launch First Ever Gaming Disorder and Addiction Clinic

Published: 23/Jun/2018 15:09 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Calum Patterson


A hospital in London is set to open the first ever clinic focused on ‘gaming disorder’ for young people and adults, after the World Health Organization classified the ailment as a mental health condition on June 18th.

The center will be funded by the NHS and operated by the Central and North West London NHS foundation trust, as reported by the Guardian.

Although initially focusing solely on gaming disorder, the center plans to expand to cover all forms of internet and media based disorders and addiction.

The clinic’s founder, psychiatrist Henrietta Bowden-Jones explained that gaming disorder is ‘finally getting the attention it deserves.’

The clinic will run a weekly therapy group for ‘gaming addicts’, and Bowden-Jones explains this is only the beginning.

“Gaming disorder is finally getting the attention it deserves. The distress and harm it can cause is extreme and I feel a moral duty on behalf of the NHS to provide the evidence based treatment these young people and their families need.

This is the first step, but the Centre for Internet Disorders will deal with other internet compulsions, if and when needed, when funding is available. If we end up with 20 people or 30 wanting to be treated for porn addiction, for example.”

The news of the WHO’s mental health classification and the emergence of this clinic has split opinion, with some experts claiming it is necessary and ‘overdue’, such as Jeff van Reenen who runs an addiction treatment program at another UK hospital.

“Internet, social media and gaming addictive or dysfunctional behaviour has been rife for a long time and completely unaddressed other than by people like us.”

But psychologist Anthony Bean, executive director of a mental health clinic in Fort Worth, Texas, says that limiting the ambit to ‘gaming’ could be too narrow a scope.

I don’t think a centre for gaming or internet addiction is a good idea. The worry is that it means you are only paying attention to what is going on in front of you rather than around you, which in this case would be the concept of a gaming disorder possibly suggesting that there could be no other reason why a person is seeking mental health treatment. A pigeonhole tactic could lead to misdiagnosis.

There has been increased attention on gaming disorder and ‘addiction’ from the mainstream media since the WHO’s classification, but the response to it has certainly split opinion.

The BBC even ran a story suggesting that 20 hours a week qualified as an addiction, despite the WHO not stating anything about a period of time which would lead to a diagnosis, rather it is the impact of playing games on one’s life that is important.

Source: The Guardian


How to get Hop Rock Dualies exotic weapon in Fortnite: new location

Published: 24/Feb/2021 19:34 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 19:38

by Daniel Megarry


Epic Games has thrown Fortnite players for a bit of a loop and changed the location of one of the most coveted Exotic weapons in the game right now: the Hop Rock Dualies. Here’s where you can find it after February 24, 2021.

The Hop Rock Dualies are one of the most powerful Exotic-rarity weapons in the game right now and for good reason. Not only are they incredibly powerful pistols that, essentially, fire in a two-round burst, but they also give the player a low gravity effect, allowing them to glide through the air like an action star.

While they were previously available via the NPC named Cole, who was found near Retail Row and Catty Corner, Epic Games has now switched up who sells the Hop Rock Dualies, just a few weeks before Season 6 launches.

Hop Rock Dualies location in Fortnite

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The Hop Rock Dualies can now be found with Deadfire, near the center of the map.

This time around, the Hop Rock Dualies can be found with the NPC named Deadfire, the cowboy-type character added during the game’s Season 5 launch back in December.

Luckily, Deadfire can only spawn on one place on the map as of the time as of this writing: in the Sheriff’s office near the center of the map. This means that, unlike last time, players don’t have to roll the dice landing at one spot, hoping the NPC will spawn there.

Interestingly, he hasn’t moved locations since his inclusion at the start of the season, meaning if you know where he was located before, you’ll already know where to find the Hop Rock Dualies.

That being said, if you want to get your hands on the Hop Rock Dualies in Fortnite, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Head to the Sheriff’s Office near the center of the map (it’ll be the old run down building between Colossal Coliseum and the Zero Point portal).
  2. Once there, head to the first floor and find Deadfire.
  3. Speak to them and select the Hop Rock Dualies option.
  4. Click again to confirm the purchase.
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Like before, the Hop Rock Dualies will cost players 500 Gold.

How much do the Hop Rock Dualies cost?

Just like before, you’ll need to make sure you’re loaded with 500 Gold Bars if you want to get your hands on the Hop Rock Dualies. That’s not an easy amount to come by, so check out our guide for making money in Fortnite if you’re short.

The Hop Rock Dualies weapon includes two pistols, making it the perfect choice for gunslingers. They use medium bullets, deal 43 damage to players, and have a magazine size of 18 with a reload time of 2.7 seconds.

If you want to get your hands on any of the other Exotic-class weapons like the Boom Sniper Rifle or the Shadow Tracker Pistol, check out our complete guide to finding Exotic weapons in Fortnite Season 5.