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Table of Contents

Preface; Eve Crevoshay.- Chapter 1: Digital games and well-being: An overview; Felix Reer, Thorsten Quandt.- Chapter 2: Press Reset; Chelsea Hughes.- Chapter 3: Explore the Map; Shane Tilton.- Chapter 4: Oh me, Oh My! Identity development through video games; Sarah Sawyer.- Chapter 5: Forever questing and "gitting gud"; Jamie Madigan.- Chapter 6: +1 Strength, +1 Faith: Positive psychology and gaming; Ryan Kelly.- Chapter 7: Gaming the mind and minding the game: Mindfulness and flow in video games; Mark Cruea.- Chapter 8: Follow the Trail of Enemies; Emory Stephen Daniel.- Chapter 9: You are the one foretold; Finding yourself through the journey; Megan Connell, Kelli Dunlap.- Chapter 10: Extra lives; Raffael Boccamazzo.- Chapter 11: Concluding comments; Rachel Kowert.

About the Author

Rachel Kowert is the Research Director of Take This, a US non-profit mental health organization that provides resources and information to the gaming industry and gaming communities. As a research psychologist, she has been studying games and gamers for more than 10 years with a specific focus on video game effects. She has published multiple scientific articles and books on this topic.


"This is an interesting book. Video games and well-being is an evangelistic work, defending the worth of video games in providing innocent pleasure along with educational, intellectual, and emotional value. ... Whether video games will be a valuable tool in the psychological growth of 21st century youth will be determined by clinical studies and, more importantly, the test of time." (James Van Speybroeck, Computing Reviews, February 4, 2021)"The book is worthwhile reading as it provides you with a solid understanding how video games can help us grow, learn, thrive, and acquire new skills. It is a must-read book for parents who are perturbed with their children being confirmed gamers. ... the book should be considered a good choice for game developers who want to understand how to entice people into buying a brand-new game and at the same time to push up the value of it." (Kateryna Nykytchenko, Acta Ludologica, Vol. 3 (1), 2020)

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