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In November of 2007, an eleven-year-old Vietnamese boy strangled an elderly woman for the equivalent of five U.S. dollars, then buried her body under a thin layer of sand in front of his house. When questioned by police, he said that he needed the money to play online video games. 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 - skills he later revealed to have learned while playing the online game World of Warcraft. As these two instances show, video game addiction can tremendously affect the minds, bodies, and lives of millions of gamers, negatively or positively. This book studies video game addiction from a cross-disciplinary approach, bridging the divide between liberal arts academics and clinical researchers. It approaches the topic of addiction from neither an anti-game nor a pro game stance, instead using accepted research in neuroscience, media studies, developmental psychology, and many other fields to reveal how today's gamers interact with and become consumed by the virtual worlds of their video games.
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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.

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"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.

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