Myself, Dave Wheeler, Luke Austin and even the great Tadpole have all been avid gamers at one point (or still are) but how do you tell if someone is just having fun or if they're suffering from a bonafide disorder?

To help solve the mystery, here's an excerpt that the World Health Organization put out about the symptoms of this newly minted mental illness:

The behavior pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning

Now, I know my buddies well enough to know that they've got enough 'big boy' responsibilities that they don't have the TIME to fall into this trap, but given how realistic games have gotten in recent years and that there's so much to accomplish inside, it's easy to see where someone might get sucked in, especially if real life keeps throwing them curve balls.

Chances are that you or your loved one don't suffer from this, but best practice is to ration time spent on the console and balance with other activities just to be sure. If you still suspect something amiss, follow the above link for more info and where to get help.