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Nintendo Talks Video Game Addiction and How It Combats It

February 08, 2019 / STEFANIE FOGEL

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa briefly addressed the issue of video game addiction during a recent investor Q&A and outlined one or two steps he believes can help combat the problem.“I think the problem of game addiction is more about becoming overly dependent on video games than is about any issues with the games themselves,” he said. “One thing we have done as a company that creates games is to implement features that allow parents to limit the time that their children can play games. I think that further implementing features like this, and raising awareness among more people that these features exist is one way we can face the issues.”The World Health Organization (WHO) announced its plan to officially recognize gaming addiction as a mental health condition in June 2018. Gaming disorder is defined as a pattern of behavior that gives increasing priority to gaming over other interests and daily activities, one that continues to escalate despite negat...