The Story Of A Couple Who Played Video Games While Their Child Died

One day in March 2010, news began to surface that police in South Korea had arrested a couple for the death of their daughter Sarang, the Korean word for "love." She was only three months old. By the time her parents called local authorities to report her death, she was severely underweight—dropping from her birth… » 7/28/14 11:00am 7/28/14 11:00am

One Brave Reporter Went Inside America's First Video Game Rehab Center

Video game addiction has never received an authoritative classification in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the American Psychological Association's criteria-setting publication on all things related to mental illness. But that hasn't stopped Americans—health-conscious and prone to… » 6/19/14 6:30pm 6/19/14 6:30pm

Square Enix, You Have a Problem. You Are Addicted to Countdown Clocks…

This is an intervention. While most of the gaming world has thankfully moved on from stupid countdown clocks designed to drum up silly publicity for forgettable games, Square Enix still clings to them. It's time for Square Enix to stop. Enough!


Now, you are overreacting, Brian Ashcraft, you say. Perhaps. But,… » 12/07/12 5:30am 12/07/12 5:30am

This Desktop Design for Gaming Addicts Would "Ruin" Humanity

Sometimes you settle in for some PC gaming or web surfing. And you just don't get up. You can feel your bum go numb and the chair meld into your skin. Surely, you know the feeling.


If so, maybe the above internet-produced desktop design would appeal to you. And if it appealed to enough people, it would probably end… » 11/30/12 7:00am 11/30/12 7:00am

Internet Addiction Clinics Cracking Down on Beatings

China was one of the first countries to recognize internet addiction as a psychological illness—and then beat the crap out of people suffering from it.


As The Register points out, a 2008 government supported report stated that those who gamed more than six hours in a day and then experienced withdrawal type symptoms… » 8/31/12 6:30am 8/31/12 6:30am