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The Star Ledger, a newspaper out of New Jersey ran an article today on Gaming addiction. The article tells the story of a 13 year old EverQuest player who, when he had his computer taken away, smashed the window of the locked room his mother had placed the computer in.
The short article goes on to talk about a report from the American Medical Association on the subject.
The American Medical Association has called for research to determine whether the obsession with such games could be considered a new condition -- video game addiction.
The request, adopted by the association yesterday, was not as aggressive as an original AMA report asking that such a disorder be included in future issues of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by all psychiatrists.
The final decision will be up to the American Psychiatric Association, which publishes the manual and will review all research before rendering a decision. The next version of the manual is scheduled to be published in 2012.
Read the story here.