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Hooked on Games: The Lure and Cost of Video Game and Internet Addiction [Kindle Edition]

Brooke Strickland , Andrew Doan , Douglas Gentile
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“As is true with many addictions, overuse of video games steals our valuable and limited time and minds.” – Christie Morse, MD (Pediatric Ophthalmologist)

“Shocking insights into the minds of hardcore gamers.” – Daniel Hunt (Former Competitive Gamer)

About the Book
The multi-billion dollar video game industry is in the business of creating fun and enticing games that can be addictive. As addicted gamers feast on digital indulgences, real life is neglected and their reality crumbles around them.

Headlines related to video games
“New Mexico mom gets 25 years for starving daughter.” – Fox News
“China used prisoners in lucrative Internet gaming work.” – Guardian News
“Online gamer killed for selling virtual weapon.” – Sydney Morning Herald
“South Korean dies after games sessions.” – BBC News

Hooked on Games is written by Brooke Strickland and Andrew Doan, MD, PhD, a physician with a research background in neuroscience, who battled his own addictions with video games. Dr. Doan was an addicted gamer, who at his peak, invested over 20,000 hours of playing games over a period of nine years. Dr. Doan’s reckless compulsion to play games transformed him into a monster that almost destroyed his family, marriage, and career. He shares his expertise to educate others on the dangers of video game addiction and to provide hope for video game addicts and their families. Dr. Doan shares steps for gaming addicts to achieve recovery and steps for families and loved ones to intervene. Without attention to this quickest growing addiction, our society will suffer from the creation of Generation Vidiot, millions of people devoid of innovation and skills to live in the physical world.

Editorial Reviews


Excellent engaging story about overcoming an addiction and what damage it had done to himself and family. Great story of how his problem turned his life around through his own strength and with help from his God. - Ron, Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®

Very sincere and open about his failings... sincere in his desire to communicate the depth and spread of this pernicious addiction. I was interested in the names of feel good enzymes and hormones released by brain: dopamine, epinephrine? Like how the response works. Now we need to think how to undo it and make real life rewarding. - Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®

Probably the most educated, intelligent and realistic about current society speaker I have heard in years! Maybe EVER - and this comes from a retired educator. - Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®

This was amazing. I never knew all of this. I suspected it! I've been a school teacher for 50 plus years so you know I am interested. Thanks so much and God bless you. - Dora Lou, Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®

Dr. Andrew Doan was a very powerful and interactive speaker. I found it extremely helpful to hear his story since I know someone who is extremely addicted to gaming and refuses to leave his room for more than the restroom. Dr. Doan's lecture helped me understand the addiction more and be more attentive to this struggle in society. - Danielle, Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®

From the Author

I appreciate you taking the time to read my story. If you find my book helpful, please pass it on to someone else who may benefit from my message. Please support my mission in educating the world about the lure and dangers of video game and Internet addiction by sharing my book on Facebook, Twitter, and providing a book review on and other online retailers. -  Andrew Doan, MD, PhD

Product Details

  • File Size: 281 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 193557602X
  • Publisher: FEP International (August 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was hooked on games December 12, 2012
I would recommend this book to everyone that plays video games. I feel that way because I think it is important to be aware of the potential dangers of becoming addicted. I myself grew up playing video game but far from being an addict. I started becoming addicted to video games after I came home from Iraq. At first I turned to alcohol to numb the pain and take away the memories of war. Soon I couldn't function well because of hangovers and drinking $100.00 or more a week became very expensive. I traded one addiction for another. I turned to my Xbox and computer games. I still had an 8 hour job but I also put in 5-7 hours of gaming a day during the week (more on the weekend if I could) This became my routine because I was still suffering from PTSD and playing video games made me forget about what was going on around me. It also gave me an adrenal rush daily (especially if I played Call of Duty). I had depression because my brain stopped releasing some of the chemical I was flooded with while in combat. Call of Duty MW2 gave me that rush back. After reading this book it reinforces my fears. I have wasted so much time when I could be spending it with my wife or kids. I could have a PHD by now if I spent my time in college instead of gaming. I know I have a problem because I asked my 5 your old what he wants to be when he grows up. He told me, "I want to be like you dad, and play games all day." That really hurts. Thank you Dr. Doan for pointing me in the right direction to help me break my bad habit.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A memoir about video game addiction strikes home February 4, 2013
I recently read the two-starred review about this book, where the reviewer complains that Dr. Doan spends so much of the text talking about his own life. When I read this book, which in part IS indeed a memoir of Dr. Doan's experiences growing up, what I MOST remembered and what most impacted me was reading about his life.

The power of Hooked on Games is based on the very fact that Dr. Doan's poured so much of his own life story into the text. From his beginnings as a Vietnamese growing up as the only Asian in a mostly White area, to how he got into video games in the first place, to how it nearly ruined his marriage, these are all things that ANY video-game addict can identify with. As a child, his mother gave him $10 to spend for lunch while at the mall. He subsequently went and spent all $10 of it (more than 2 hours of work for his mother's 4$/hour wage) on an arcade game. As an adult, Dr. Doan had his son harvesting gold in World of Warcraft and got angry at him when he left his designated area on the map. These types of moments, which Dr. Doan shares with us, are precisely what set this book apart. There are plenty of places to find information, support groups, and twelve-step programs for free online. What sets Hooked on Games apart from the rest is PRECISELY Dr. Doan's story of how he overcame his addiction and of how this addiction affected his goals and almost ruined his family life. The overall message of the story is overwhelmingly positive.

The fact that a physician, a member of a highly-respected profession where reputation is EVERYTHING has humbly admitted to a life of problems related to video games, makes the point strike even closer to home. I myself am a graduate student and have battled with video game addiction my entire life. Dr.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital information for parents July 18, 2013
By Julie
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Andrew Doan and Brooke Strickland have done a phenomenol job of weaving together his personal story and their research into a vital and compelling book jam packed with information every parent should be acutely aware of. PARENTS: from an early age, guard your children. Know what they are doing. Provide activities for them apart from technology (ie: sports,etc) Monitor & limit computer usage, I-phone, etc. Educate yourselves and them to the dangers this book reveals. Head it off at the pass!
I appreciate that Doan makes it clear that not all gaming is bad or evil, that it can be educational. Not everyone that "games" will become addicted - just as not everyone who enjoys a beer or a glass of wine will become an Alcoholic. However, the world needs to be awakened to the potential dangers of this generations newest form of potential destruction - gaming. This book brings that awareness into full view. As well, it offers a way out for those that do become addicted. Read it to find out! Thank you Andrew and Brooke.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It hit home December 4, 2012
By eliz
This book hit home. I couldnt believe it - 95% of what Dr Andrew wrote in the book - I have had first hand experience with. It is time insurance came up with an official diagnostic code to provide help to these addicts and also indirectly help those helpess victims who are married to/parents of video game addicts or internet addicts.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tip of the Ice Berg August 16, 2012
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As a practicing family doctor who also specializes in sports medicine I am embarrassed that I did not realize the extent of gaming addiction until I was referred to this book. I have been a high school team doctor and have noticed more and more of the students hooked on these games but didn't realize depth of this addiction. It is as if we who only "like" computers but don't "love" computers are only now seeing the tip of a very large iceberg. This book will change the way I practice medicine to screen my patients for this addiction. Through Dr. Doan bearing his soul and addiction to the readers he has graphically enlightened all of us.
I will be recommending this to all my patients at risk. Thank you Dr. Doan for opening our eyes to this unspoken addiction. Well writtened, fast paced and schollarly researched.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very moving book!
This is a very valuable resource for a little recognized but fast growing disease. I am a parent of a nineteen year old who is suffering from game addiction and I came to this book... Read more
Published 5 days ago by JenniferAnne Meadows
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for every parent of a gaming child and every spouse of a...
Excellent and extremely helpful information for a generation in need of this! Personal insight allows me to easily validate how REAL this addiction is. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jodie Davis
2.0 out of 5 stars unscientific personal redemption tale
anyone considering this book, should be aware that Doan is an eye doctor. Not a neuroscientist. Not a psychiatrist or councellor. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Lieberoth (
5.0 out of 5 stars This book saved me from my own addiciting Brain!
I bought this book yesterday, finished it in the same day. It is really a great book. I couldn't stop reading it! it hit a nerve for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M.M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
A great resource for those who desire to know the truth about video game addiction.
Published 5 months ago by Jim Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
I really felt this book was spot on and it was a very easy read read it in 2 hours.
Everyone that plays must have to read this book as a disclaimer before they can begin and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by thepixi
5.0 out of 5 stars GET THIS BOOK
If not for yourself, then for your kids or grandkids! The world is so much in need of this timely information.
Published 16 months ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight on addiction
Dr. Doan paints a brilliant picture of addiction that covers many forms; alcohol, drugs, sex, pornography and video games. Read more
Published 17 months ago by T. Kohl
5.0 out of 5 stars Highlights the under-recognized medical disorder of video game...
This book is a well-written and compelling exploration of the personal and societal effects of addictions, in particular video game addictions -- the focus of the book. Read more
Published 17 months ago by N. E. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, thank you!
As my family spends more and more time with a screen in front of their face, I get more concerned. This book validates those concerns. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Justme
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