Tetris Forever –
MAR. 14, 2019 – “This isn’t just about Japan, it’s happening all over the world,” Higuchi said in a recent interview. “We deal with patients every day and see how gaming addiction is only getting worse. How can we ignore that?”
Every Tuesday, the laid-back, softly spoken 74-year-old and his two physician colleagues hold sessions for patients whose obsession with games has led them to neglect real-life responsibilities, including family, friends, school, work, and even hygiene, sleeping and eating.
The majority are teenage boys brought to the clinic by worried families, but there are also adult men who seek help for gaming habits that have turned from passion to pathology, making them yearn for just one more hit, one more level, one more achievement unlocked.