Compulsive game playing is now a mental health condition, the World Health Organization announced Monday June 18, in the latest edition of its disease classification manual. This decision raises important questions about the impact of games on the mental health of the people who use them. A perfect opportunity for Games for Change Europe to organize a one-day seminar about:

Games: Pleasure & Dependence

Join us at CNAM, Paris (France), on Friday, July 6, for an intense discussion about one of the hottest topics of the moment

Gamers, Game Designers, Parents, Analytics Specialists, Educators, Cognitive Neuroscience Experts, Publishers, and Psychotherapists will discuss the following:

♦ Signs & Symptoms of Videogame Addiction

♦ Is game addiction a pleasure-seeking dysfunction or a passion-seeking endeavor?

♦ What are the foundations for game addiction?

♦ Game Addiction and Psychological Distress

♦ Games and “Puritan work ethic” and how games are viewed in France, the US, Japan…

♦ Is game addiction similar to pornography addiction?

♦ Is game addiction similar to drug or alcohol addiction?

♦ The Joy of Transgression

♦ Catharsis or Aggression?

♦ How Game Designers build stickiness?

♦ Stickiness & data analytics: Good or Evil?

♦ From Immersion to Addiction

♦ Building a bridge between Gamers and Society (Parents, Educators, Authorities…)

And more…


Some of the speakers…

Lévan Sardjevéladzé, CEO – Celsius Online / Président – Syndicat National du Jeu Video (SNJV) ; Julien Villedieu, Directeur Général – SNJV ; Dr Olivier Phan, Addictologue – Centre Pierre Nicole ; Dr Bruno Rocher, Psychiatre – Addictologue – Service d’Addictologie / IFAC au CHU Nantes ; Dr Pierre Taquet, Docteur en Psychologie, Psychologue clinicien – GHSC, CHRU de Lille, PSITEC Lille 3 ; Raphaël Robert-Bouchard, Game Designer – Libellud ; Joceran Borderie, Game Designer et Psychologue ;  Arientina Gotsis, Artist and Designer / Research Associate Professor of Interactive Media & Games, Cinematic Arts – University of Southern California ; Michael Stora, Psychologue & Psychanalyste – OMNSH ; Thomas Gaon, Psychologue clinicien, spécialisé en addictologie, adolescence et nouveaux médias – CSAPA, Vanessa Lalo, Psychologue clinicienne spécialisée dans les jeux vidéo, les pratiques numériques et leurs impacts (cognitifs, éducatifs et culturels) ; Emmanuel Guardiola, PhD – Prof. Dr. in game design at Cologne Game Lab – TH Koln ; Oriane Cappella – Directrice Développement Durable et RSE – Ubisoft

This seminar will take place at CNAM, 292 rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris – France