CRITERIA FOR VIDEO GAME DEPENDENCE
by Mariano Chóliz* and Clara Marco
Tolerance: There is a progressive need to play more games or for longer durations. Former play patterns are no longer sufficient
Withdrawal: Interrupted or prolonged cessation of play causes emotional distress.
Games are played longer than originally intended.
Player wishes to quit playing, but cannot.
Player spends excessive amounts of time on video game-related activities, which starts to interfere with daily activities.
Other activities are abandoned in order to play more.
Although player knows it is harmful, play is continued.