Are you... addicted?

The Entertainment Software Association trade group has criticised the World Health Organisation's decision to classify gaming addiction as a mental health disorder

The ESA says the report - which will be included in the WHO's 11th International Classification of Diseases, to be published this year - "recklessly trivializes real mental health issues like depression and social anxiety disorder".

Here's the ESA's statement regarding the matter:

Just like avid sports fans and consumers of all forms of engaging entertainment, gamers are passionate and dedicated with their time. Having captivated gamers for more than four decades, more than 2 billion people around the world enjoy video games. The World Health Organization knows that common sense and objective research prove video games are not addictive. And, putting that official label on them recklessly trivializes real mental health issues like depression and social anxiety disorder, which deserve treatment and the full attention of the medical community. We strongly encourage the WHO to reverse direction on its proposed action.

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[via gamesindustry.biz]