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Unplugged: My Journey into the Dark World of Video Game Addiction Paperback – May 10, 2010
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"Unplugged is an important warning about the treacherous nature of any kind of addiction and about the possibilities of self destruction that are inherent when one is absent from one's own life."
--Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple
"Video game addiction is a real and growing problem . . . I'm glad Ryan Van Cleave has been willing to tell his story and hope it helps many young men avoid similar patterns."
--Kurt Bruner, co-author of Playstation Nation
"The uncommon insights and personal insights make for a great read!"
--Dr. Darcia Narvaez, University of Notre Dame
Top Customer Reviews
I discovered Unplugged while doing research on video game addiction and found the book helpful as it gave me insight into the mind of the addict and how the addict thinks. Thank you for sharing your story in this book.
Andrew Doan, MD, PhD
There seems to be a journey into a dark world definitely, but it seems to me to be into the dark world of an addictive person(ality) struggling to come clean and be truthful about anything and everything that matters to him. Perhaps this is more the journey _out of_ the dark world he has found himself caught in.Read more ›
If you want to understand the more personal side of video game addiction, then this book is an enlightening read, but it deals with some hard subject material, so be ready.
Thank you Ryan, Best wishes to you and yours. I hope you get a puppy for christmas! ;)
Normally, self-help books are a snooze - and really, this is a self-help book. But the fact that it's an expertly written memior keeps it interesting and engaging. I can only imagine the people that this book can help.
It's sad that some will choose to see this addiction as less legitimate because it doesn't introduce chemically addictive drugs into your metabolic system. In fact - I think it's worse. Essentially, your body is hooked on itself.
I know many people who need to read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is atrociously written. There is no storyline, there is no coherent theme of video game addiction. Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Illuminaughty
It seems that the author's true problem is being unable to distinguish between fiction and reality. His "addiction" is fiction, as is most of this book.Published on August 29, 2011 by RedWolf
video games are not in anyway inherently addictive. if a video game is "addictive" to you, it is because some type of pre-existing psychological issue, some kind of vice to get... Read morePublished on August 28, 2011 by DukeOAwesome323
This book is yet another inappropriately targeted look at addiction, marketed towards fearful parents who worry about their kids because they let video games do more parenting than... Read morePublished on August 28, 2011 by SeekerOfTruth
This book was a huge disappointment. I bought it to help my son. After reading the first chapter - a very emotional story about an attempted suicide, spurred by computer game... Read morePublished on April 20, 2011 by Marilyn
This book is for those of you who think you cannot be addicted to the internet. Good read; outlines the path from casual user to full blown addiction. Read morePublished on September 22, 2010 by socialworker
I started this book and couldn't put it down until my eyelids got to heavy late in the wee hours. I woke up the next morning, ate breakfast and continuing my fascinating journey... Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by Amazon Customer