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Neils Clark lives and works in Redmond, Washington. He has lectured at DigiPen, and his work has appeared in BusinessWeek and PC Gamer Magazine. He was a guest speaker at the Games for Health conference in Baltimore, Maryland in 2008. 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.
"a uniquely interactive/connective form of art and mediation...most stimulating...comprehensive, intricate, yet accessible survey will appeal to and engage all readers...highly recommended"--Choice; "should definitely be read by a wide range of folks who are interested in knowing a bit more about where gaming now sits amid general electronic culture...probably the most important work yet written on the subject of habitual gaming...a wealth of information...straight-forward, well-constructed...points out that the problems of excessive gaming...probably the best set of resources on this topic that is available to us at the moment...pick up this book, arm yourselves with Clark and Scott's research...a practical and sensible starting point to understanding a subject that is going to loom ever larger in all our lives."--RockPaperShotgun; "Clark and Scott have blasted out a reasoned, hard-hitting account of video gaming that is both authoritative and non-judgmental. Their first-hand perspective yields useful information along with a powerful message about the potential and the peril inherent in our--and our children's--growing dependence on the satisfactions of virtual worlds. Anyone who can still think deeply will do so after reading this book!"--Jane M. Healy, Ph.D. Educational psychologist and author of Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children's Minds and What We Can Do About It.