Game Addiction: The Experience and the Effects (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Apr 29, 2009 - Games - 211 pages
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An eleven-year-old boy strangled an elderly woman for the equivalent of five dollars in 2007, then buried her body under a thin layer of sand. He told the police that he needed the money to play online videogames. Just a month later, an eight-year-old Norwegian boy saved his younger sister's life by threatening an attacking moose and then feigning death when the moose attacked him--skills he said he learned while playing World of Warcraft. As these two instances show, videogames affect the minds, bodies, and lives of millions of gamers, negatively and positively. This book approaches videogame addiction from a cross-disciplinary perspective, bridging the divide between liberal arts academics and clinical researchers. The topic of addiction is examined neutrally, using accepted research in neuroscience, media studies, and developmental psychology.
  

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This book is good. It tells both sides of this addiction. Even though this is not considered an addiction, it still is. And there are positive and negative effects.

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Interesting book on gaming addiction and it's effects. Somewhat scholarly, not easy beach reading. Would recommend to any game addict or gaming widow. The author points out that intermittent ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
One The Digital Living Room
7
Two Media Experience and Real Illusion
27
Three Why They Play
55
Four Amatomy of a Game Addiction
91
Five Games Are Not Babysitters
115
Six The Road Ahead
143
Afterword
163
Appendix A
167
Appendix B
169
Appendix C
177
Appendix D
183
Chapter Notes
187
Bibliography
195
Index
201
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About the author (2009)

Neils Clark lives in Gig Harbor and works in Redmond, Washington. He has lectured at DigiPen, and his work has appeared in BusinessWeek and PC Gamer Magazine. He was an invited speaker at the 2008 Games for Health conference in Baltimore. P. Shavaun Scott is a practicing psychotherapist and has been active in the treatment of game addiction for more than a decade. She has been a guest on NPR and BBC Canada, interviewed by PC Gamer Magazine and MSNBC Online, and has written for numerous clinical publications.

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