Is Prince Harry Right About Game Addiction?
Prince Harry has stated that the popular game Fortnite has been created “to addict” its players, causing a backlash from the developer behind the game.
Canon Pence, General Counsel of Epic Games, said the company was “taken aback” by the comments.
The story has blown up as the UK government debates whether gaming addiction is becoming a public health crisis.
Recovering Man recently made a video articulating the plight of young men falling into addiction because of a lack of guidance to help them face challenge and suffering, thereby finding meaning in life (see below):
Prince Harry actually called for highly addictive games to be banned earlier in 2019.
He also recently said: “Social media is more addictive than drugs and alcohol, and it’s more dangerous because it’s normalized and there are no restrictions to it.”
Electronic Arts (EA), creators of the massive FIFA franchise, have also been questioned about gaming addiction.
Kerry Hopkins, EA’s vice president for legal and government affairs, said the World Health Organisation’s decision to classify gaming disorder as a disease was different to addiction.
She said, “…that the industry does have a responsibility to follow”.
Among previous evidence heard by the Commons committee, one gamer said they had played for 32 hours straight without eating or sleeping.
Founder of Recovering Man Richard Joy said: “It’s good these issues get recognition, yet as usual, we look at the surface level effects without addressing the deeper issues.
“Simply banning things that some people enjoy responsible and others do not is not a long-term, democratic solution.
“True discipline comes from within, and instead of censoring and banning, we would be much better off if we spent time instilling aptitudes, values and healthy forms of leisure into young men’s lives.”