INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Gamers are speaking out after an announcement earlier this week from the World Health Organization.
“I think this is silly,” said Matt Manning, an Indianapolis gamer. “I attribute a lot of my success to gaming and my work ethic to gaming.”
According ICD-11 for Mortality and Morbidity Statistics, “gaming disorder is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior which may be online or offline.”
To read more on the full definition of “gaming disorder” by the WHO, click here.
Manning started gaming when he was 10 years old. He is now 26, and says video games have become a big part of his life. He said obsessively playing video games can become a “habit” but not necessarily a mental health condition.
“Yes, I could see that there were definitely some times when I would put way too much time into it, but that was on me and something I kind of had to deal with,” Manning said. “I don’t think it was…