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Control the Controller: Understanding and Resolving Video Game Addiction Paperback – 1 Oct 2014
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About the Author
Ciaran O'Connor is a counsellor and psychotherapist who has worked with both gamers and games designers. He has written extensively online and in journals and he lives and works in Brighton, England.
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This book doesn't ever feel like it's fear-mongering, but it does take time and effort to respectfully discuss people who might have a problem with gaming. There's a section about which players might be at risk for addiction, what excessive gaming looks like vs. significant gaming for a person who has the time and resources to spend on a game they truly enjoy, and a section about how a person who finds themselves addicted can get help. Most importantly, there's acknowledgement that even though some addicted gamers might not be able to ever play again, the majority will be able to enjoy their hobby without it becoming a problem.
I recommend this book to anyone who's interested in the subject of videogame addiction, and to any gamer who suspects they might have a problem. This book is frank without falling into hyperbole and ends in a hopeful note.