Video Games and Addiction

I think it’s important to understand the entertainment media I’d like to contribute to (video games) and the social issues surrounding it.  That’s why I’m taking a class on the History of Games in AAU’s Games Department as part of my MFA in Illustration program.

There’s a lot of hype out there in the news about video games, particularly right now with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown vs. EMA on selling violent video games.  Another topic discussed a lot out there, but very loosely, is addiction.  I decided to put together a presentation on video games and addiction for my midterm presentation and put my knowledge of Psychology and Psychiatry to work.

The topics I cover here include what makes a mental illness and how addiction is diagnosed are described in relation to video game overuse.