Also known as Online Gaming Disorder, this occurs when children become addicted Gaming either on or off line. Game designers have created the games, in such a way as to encourage hours of play to advance in a game. The games are based on a reward system. The player is rewarded for the amount of time spent in the game. This excitement that a player feels after gaining a level up, or advancing to the next stage, of the game releases Dopamine in the brain. This feeling a player experiences, is similar to what is described as the kick a person addicted to substances experiences. Player over time seek to experience the feeling of attaining the reward again, and again. Reward seeking behaviour, combined with a lack of self control, can lead to addiction problems.
Games are different to those in the past, in that many games have no ending. Games also reward multi-player interaction, making the games a very social experience. Some games are designed to punish players who leave the game. The game continues while the player is off line. Some may return to the game and discover all of their hard work and hours of play destroyed. There are numerous factors in gaming, which can lead to developing attictive patterns of play. Being fimilar with the type of game and the game objectives, can help parents decide if the game is suitable for a child. Ireland now has centres offering treatemnts for Gaming Addiction