Gamers everywhere are in for the toughest boss fight of their lives.
Following an announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO), gaming disorder is now an officially recognized mental health sickness in the organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
The new classification adds the disorder to every physician’s repertoire of diagnoses. Yes, if you’re a gamer, doctors can diagnose you with gaming disorder.
According to the ICD, gaming disorder consists of symptoms spanning for at least 12 months. If you fear a diagnosis, gorging yourself on video games for a couple of days doesn’t count.
The disorder’s symptoms include impaired functioning in other aspects and a lack of control towards this behavior. As it is, the list of symptoms sounds remarkably similar to most addictions today.
The WHO assures gamers that the disorder pervades only a minority of the population. The diagnosis is not applicable for every gamer. However, the gaming populace and some physicians worry that the classification opens a Pandora’s box for mental health.
Gamers, of course, worry that it will stigmatize their hobbies even further. Currently, gaming is one of the most active industries for both leisure and eSports.
On the other hand, concerned physicians worry that this enables the medical field to create more strange conditions in the future. Some protest that the inclusion will trivialize gaming’s capabilities as a coping mechanism for other conditions.
Against this, the WHO states that the inclusion will increase awareness and research for gaming addiction. At the same time, opposing physicians insist that research should come before the inclusion.
Regardless of its inclusion, obsessive gaming is still an issue among today’s gamers. The incorporation will either increase awareness or stereotype its sufferers even further.
ASUS ROG Phone receives US pricing
Last piece of the puzzle
For the model with 128GB of storage, you’d have to shell out US$ 899. For the larger 512GB storage variant, the cost goes up to US$ 1,099. Both come with a high-end Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB of memory.
Of course, there are accessories to go with it. First is the ROG Mobile Desktop Dock, which costs US$ 229; the ROG Phone Case retails for US$ 59; the ROG Professional Dock is valued at US$ 119; you can buy the ROG TwinView Dock for US$ 399; the ROG Gamevice Controller is at US$ 89; and lastly, the ROG WiGig Dock goes for US$ 329.
Those are a lot of accessories for one phone, but that’s what makes the ROG Phone a truly gamer-centric device.
As stated last week, the ROG Phone will hit US shores starting October 18, with other regions to follow soon after.
PlayStation’s PSN Online ID change coming soon
Full rollout coming early 2019!
You’ll soon be able to retire your DarkWarrior1214 PlayStation ID. In a blog post, Sony PlayStation said they will soon begin testing the PSN Online ID change feature as part of their preview program.
Beta testers part of the preview program will be able to change their PSN ID as much as they want. However, once the feature rolls out to everyone, only the first name change will be free. Succeeding name changes will cost US$ 9.99 for regular users.
PS Plus users will be charged a smaller fee of US$ 4.99. The online ID can be changed through the profile page on your PS4 or at the Settings menu. There’s also an option to display your old PSN ID alongside your new one so your friends can recognize you right away.
Not for all games
The feature isn’t available for all games, though. Only PS4 games published after April 1, 2018 along with other most-played titles that were published before that date will have the feature. PlayStation also warns that changing the ID might cause some issues with some games that can be fixed by reverting to the old ID. Here’s to hoping PlayStation finds a way to address those issues some time down the line.
The planned full rollout of the feature is in early 2019. What will be your new PSN Online ID?
Razer Phone 2 is a faster, more streamlined gaming smartphone
Truly flagship all around
Razer has been synonymous with gaming. Last year, they embraced the mobile gaming scene with the launch of their own smartphone simply called the Razer Phone. This paved the way for the popularity of gaming smartphones and other manufacturers, like ASUS and Honor, unveiled their own. Of course, Razer must fight back and now we have the Razer Phone 2.
At first glance, you won’t be able to tell the difference between the new Razer Phone and the old one. The Razer Phone 2 has the same size, same boxy shape, and same thick top and bottom bezels that house the front-facing speakers.
Don’t be fooled, because the Razer Phone 2 has some significant upgrades over its predecessor.
The new Razer Phone offers up to 30 percent better performance with the use of a Snapdragon 845 processor, Adreno 630 graphics processing unit, and an improved vapor chamber cooling system. It also comes with 8GB of memory and 64GB of storage.
As for imaging, it still has dual 12-megapixel rear shooters, but the main sensor is now equipped optical image stabilization. An 8-megapixel front-facing camera takes care of selfies and live-streaming duties.
With a new glass back, the Razer Phone 2 is capable of wireless charging. And to complement this new feature, there’s also a wireless charging accessory with Chroma — Razer’s popular RGB lighting system.
Speaking of Chroma, the Razer Phone 2 also has it. The rear triple-headed snake logo lights up in 16.8 million colors. Let’s also not forget about the added water and dust resistance with an IP67 rating.
The rest of the great specs is carried over from the predecessor including the 5.7-inch IGZO display with 120Hz refresh rate and touch sampling, and the 4000mAh battery with Qualcomm QuickCharge 4+ support.
The Razer Phone 2 is priced at US$ 799 and it’ll be available in Mirror Black and soon in Satin Black. Pre-orders start on October 11 on Razer’s website.
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