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Video games have come a long way, from Atari's pinging, monochromatic Pong to the garish mayhem of Grand Theft Auto and the stylish sophistication of Beatles Rock Band. And it's no longer just teenagers that are hooked-audiences both young and old can't seem to get enough. But while "video-game addict" has become a common term, are these games really physically and psychologically addictive?
Scott Rigby, PhD, is founder and president of Immersyve, Inc. Richard M. Ryan is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology, psychiatry, and education.
"As games mature, and the average age of gamers continues to rise, we can hope that game scholarship will evolve as well, and Glued to Games is a good step in that direction." - videogamewriters.com "This accessible survey of the psychology of video games serves as a useful introduction. Summing Up: Recommended." - Choice