Glued to Games

Glued to Games

How Video Games Draw Us in and Hold Us Spellbound

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This book offers a practical yet powerful way to understand the psychological appeal and strong motivation to play video games.

With video game sales in the billions and anxious concerns about their long-term effects growing louder, Glued to Games: How Video Games Draw Us In and Hold Us Spellbound brings something new to the discussion. It is the first truly balanced research-based analysis on the games and gamers, addressing both the positive and negative aspects of habitual playing by drawing on significant recent studies and established motivational theory.

Filled with examples from popular games and the real experiences of gamers themselves, Glued to Games gets to the heart of gaming's powerful psychological and emotional allure—the benefits as well as the dangers. It gives everyone from researchers to parents to gamers themselves a clearer understanding the psychology of gaming, while offering prescriptions for healthier, more enjoyable games and gaming experiences.


• Images from classic and modern video games illustrate key points and make the information accessible to all readers

• A bibliography of numerous psychological studies support the author's underlying motivational model


This book offers a practical yet powerful way to understand the psychological appeal and strong motivation to play video games.



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This scientific analysis of video gaming draws on clinical psychology and motivational theory to examine the benefits and dangers of game play and presents research based suggestions for developing better, more fulfilling games. The work begins with an overview of the current state of games and gaming and examines several areas of psychological development effected by gaming including feelings of competence, autonomy and relatedness as well as the addictive nature of gaming and the exposure of players to violence and aggression. Discussions are centered around actual games and real-world studies. Several tables and black and white illustrations are included. Ryan is a professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, New York and Rigby is a technology consultant specializing in the psychology of virtual worlds. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell Publishing

This book offers a practical yet powerful way to understand the psychological appeal and strong motivation to play video games.


• Images from classic and modern video games illustrate key points and make the information accessible to all readers

• A bibliography of numerous psychological studies support the author's underlying motivational model



Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, c2011.
ISBN: 9780313362248
0313362246
Characteristics: xiii, 186 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ryan, Richard M.

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