Many of us have indulged in the occasional video game as a way to decompress, to socialize with friends or just to test out our hand-eye coordination, but for a small percentage of people, these games become so much a part of their life that it can be classified as an addiction.

Those with video game addiction have severely reduced control over their gaming habits, to the point that it has negative consequences on their life, including at work, at school and within their personal relationships. Currently, some of the world's most popular video game publishers are battling lawsuits alleging the addictive nature of these games has caused people some kind of personal or financial injury.

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Brittney Meredith-Miller

Brittney Meredith-Miller is assistant editor of She can be reached at [email protected].