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MERCURY LEARNING and INFORMATION provides print and digital content in the areas of science and medicine, technology and computing, engineering, and mathematics (STEM disciplines) designed for the professional/reference, trade, library, higher education, career school, and online training markets. We embrace both traditional and innovative publishing models designed to accommodate the needs of the intended audience by using the appropriate delivery methods.

Video Game AddictionVideo Game Addiction

David A. Olle
Jean Riescher Westcott

ISBN: 9781937585822
Pub Date:  January 2018
Specs: 6 x 9   Paperback
Pages: 110
Price: $24.95


A New Mexico woman, occupied for weeks with playing online games, was convicted of second degree murder and child abandonment, after allowing her three and a half-year-old daughter to die of malnutrition and dehydration. One study estimated that 40% of the players of World of Warcraft (the popular online role-playing game) were addicted. This book, using a question/answer format, is designed to appeal to gamers and concerned family and friends alike. The first part that discusses video game basics is particularly useful to non-gamers as it describes the history of video games, the types of video games, how the games are played, and the nature of gamers. Part two delves into the nature of addiction, discussing the basis of why video games are addictive from physiological and psychological points of view. Part three deals with the various treatments for video game addiction, and how the recovering addict can begin a new life. Case studies are used throughout the book to clarify information.



1: What are video games? 2: How are video games categorized? 3: What is the history of video games? 4: How are video games played? 5: What are the characteristics of video gamers? 6: What is video game addiction? 7: Why are video games addictive? 8: How can you protect against video game addiction? 9: What are the benefits of playing video games? 10: Treating video game addiction. 11: Life after video game addiction. Index.


David Olle is a freelance medical and science writer.  His areas of expertise include oncology, biostatistics, biochemical tests, human and animal nutrition, and alternative medicine.
Jean Riescher Westcott has authored several titles including Basic Electronics 2E (Mercury Learning).