During a recent investor Q & A session, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa discussed the steps the company have taken to help combat the problem of video game addiction.
During the session, Furukawa commented on how he believes that video game addiction is more to do with becoming dependant on the video game rather than the game itself. He also mentioned how Nintendo has already taken steps to help prevent this addiction by implementing features that allow parents to limit the time their children can play games. He believes that adding these features and, more importantly, making people aware of them could help combat video game addiction.
“I think the problem of game addiction is more about becoming overly dependent on video games than is about any issues with the games themselves. One thing we have done as a company that creates games is to implement features that allow parents to limit the time that their children can play games. I think that further implementing features like this, and raising awareness among more people that these features exist is one way we can face this issue.”
Recently, The World Health Organisation announced its intention to officially recognise gaming addiction as a mental health condition.
It is great to see companies such as Nintendo taking this issue seriously and trying to find solutions to combating video game addiction.