Healthy Gamer is an initiative consisting of a website with a blog, a Twitch channel and a YouTube channel which focuses on mental health for gamers. It is developed and run by a world-class Harvard-trained addiction psychiatrist, Dr Alok Kanojia, practising in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. As he describes it, “It is a mental health resource for gamers, by gamers”. Dr Kanojia does not believe that playing video games for hours on end is problematic in any sense. If that is one’s hobby, they might as well enjoy it to the fullest. Instead, he believes that if that lifestyle starts affecting other aspects of the individual’s life, such as career or relationships, then he or she is an addict and it is a problem that needs to be addressed. To understand the idea and the motive behind his initiative, we need to go back in time.
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