Amazon has a product page up for the hardcover edition of Ryan G. Van Cleave's newest book on game addiction, "You Know You're a Video Game Addict If..." You may remember Van Cleave from his first book, "Unplugged: My Journey into the Dark World of Video Game Addiction," which detailed has extreme addiction to World of Warcraft. It's a cautionary tale, for sure. For instance, one of the lines from his new book might end the sentence, You Know You're a Video Game Addict If... you wear an adult diaper so you don't have to get up from your computer... (a detail he offered when promoting his first book).
All kidding aside, some people do get addicted to games, particularly MMO's ( I attribute this to certain types of personalities that get easily addicted to anything done in excess, but we'll put that aside for a moment), but Van Cleave's proclamations as he goes around the country promoting his new book are pretty extreme. For example, speaking to the Star Gazette (a newspaper in the Ithaca and Binghamton, New York area), Van Cleave said that "we're experiencing a near global epidemic of people with an imbalance in their lives, thanks to digital media in general and video games in specific."
A global epidemic? Game addiction is now equivalent to AIDS?
Of course, he says all these things to promote his book and a $109 a head seminar on game addiction being hosted by the Family Service Society Training Institute on March 23. The group claims that "80 - 90 people" have already signed up for the six - seven hour seminar on game addiction.
But if you really want to know what the new book - set for release April 3 - is all about, then check out the following quote from the Amazon product page for You Know You're a Video Game Addict If...:
"Did you know that one hundred million Americans game over three billion hours a week? One in three British males would rather play video games than have sex with their partner. Gaming isn’t just a pastime anymore, but an actual epidemic! So whether you’re the one gaming or are a parent to/dating a gamer, like it or not we’re all in the gaming world. Packed with trivia questions, hilarious illustrations, and hard-to-believe fun facts, You Know You’re a Video Game Addict If . . . is a hysterical guide to one of America’s most widespread addictions."
Source: Star Gazette