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LOGIN conference hosting two panels on game addiction

It's been pretty hard, but after 45 straight minutes of arguing with ourselves, we were able to pull away from Imagine Babyz long enough to get some work done. And who woulda guessed it, the very first post we sit down to write happens to be about the upcoming Login Conference in Seattle, an event...

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Korea to impose gaming curfew to curb minors' playtime

The South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced two new policies aimed at stifling so-called video game addiction among the country's youth. Dubbed the "nighttime shutdown," users ages 19 and under of certain online games will be required to select one of three mandatory...

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Kick your WoW habit with ReSTART clinic

Just when you think this kind of thing can only happen in the Netherlands, along comes ReSTART, a Washington state-based rehab center that offers a 45-day course of treatment crafted to help you kick your internet or World of Warcraft addiction. Oh, and it's all offered at the bargain price of...

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Thailand considering tighter cybercafe curfews to curb game 'addiction'

The Culture Ministry of Thailand is looking to revise curfew times for children in cybercafes. The Bangkok Post reports the new rules would require children under 15 to leave by 8PM and those under 18 to leave by 10PM. The new rules are meant to help curb video game addiction -- and send children...

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Shock treatment for gaming addicts halted in China

In a step widely regarded by Joystiq staffers planning on traveling to China someday as "the right call," the Chinese government has halted the use of electroshock therapy to treat video game addicts. The order came down yesterday to a clinic in Linyi, Shandong province from the country's Ministry...

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Thai gov't shuttering gaming sites over boy's suicide

Citing "the encouragement of addictive gaming," the government of Thailand recently shut down approximately 72 websites "offering access to online gambling and games." The decision was made shortly after the tragic suicide of 12-year-old Pongsathorn Wattanabenjasopha, allegedly caused by his...

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Herald Sun: Game addiction on the rise, industry 'in denial'

Let's face it, folks, game addiction is hot. We've all read the stories, some of them funny and others tragic. And then, of course, there are the scare pieces. Enter Australia's Herald Sun, which declares that gaming addiction is on its way to becoming a national health problem. The article notes...

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China declares victory over online game addiction

China's General Administration of Press and Publication claims that the government's anti-game-addiction program is proving successful, as evidenced by new statistics released by the China Youth Social Service Center this week. According to the CYSSC, the proportion of people under the age of 18...

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Game addiction rehab now available in Vietnam

Video game addiction is a serious problem. Well, its not, but let's pretend it is. This crippling addiction apparently has such a hold on the children of Vietnam, that a clinic to help kids kick the habit has just opened there. There are currently around 50 patients there, all between the ages of 13...

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Today's Dr. Phil tackles the 'virtual chaos' of game addiction

Today's episode of Dr. Phil (check your local listings) will deal with game addiction. GamePolitics notes that guests on the show will include Liz Woolley, founder of Online Gamers Anonymous, whose son killed himself playing Everquest; Wendy Kaye, wife of SOCOM's lead designer; and several others....

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