Microsoft says it wants to promote a ‘healthy gaming lifestyle’
Currently, there’s a debate going on around the world about simply enjoying video games versus being addicted to them. According to a report by GamesIndustry, the World Health Organization will vote whether to add “Gaming Disorder” to its list of diseases this week. This means that it will be officially recognized as a disorder. From what has been said so far by researchers, it seems like it will easily pass.
Microsoft realizes that there is a difference between playing a game for a few hours and having fun, or playing it for the whole day without even taking a bathroom break. On one side of the spectrum it can be an interesting activity, on the other end, you’re damaging your health. In order to prevent “overuse,” the company has a robust set of parental controls in the Xbox One. The company takes the possibility of a Gaming Disorder very seriously, and has promised to do more.
Microsoft’s Head of Operations Dave McCarthy said the following during an interview with…