Video Games: A Guide for Savvy Parents

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Random House, 1994 - Family & Relationships - 136 pages
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Parents the world over are angered and bewildered by the flood of video games that are consuming more and more of their children's time. These games affect not only their pocketbooks, but also their children's behavior, self-images, and emotions.
This responsible, even-handed survey of over three hundred video games, graded for creativity, age suitability, and violence, is designed to help concerned adults take control of this remarkably powerful force.
David Sheff, the author of the critically acclaimed Game Over, about Nintendo and the video-game industry, has become a recognized authority on the subject of these games. In Video Games: A Guide for Savvy Parents, he offers the first comprehensive analysis of the psychological and social impact of video games, as well as commonsense guidelines. He also issues a challenge to the game makers, who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of our children.

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The Myth That Video Games Are Better Than
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About the author (1994)

David Sheff is currently a contributing editor of Playboy, Wired, and Yahoo! Internet Life and is on assignment for Fortune and Vanity Fair. He was formerly an editor of New West and California magazines. His articles and interviews have appeared in Playboy, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Wired, Outside, Forbes ASAP, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Esquire. His current book, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, tells the personal story of his own family's fight with addiction. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a degree in social science. He lives in San Francisco, California with his wife and three children.

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