Sunday, December 7, 2008

Review: Video Game Play and Addiction: A Guide for Parents

Rating: 4/5

This book is a brief and useful guide to video games for parents. Written by a child psychiatrist, Kourosh Dini, MD, it explores many of the psychological aspects of video games. Within the book are guides to the different kinds of video games out there; an explanation of the rating guide by which games are rated, and how to use these as a parent; in depth questions to help you know if your child is exhibiting problematic play patterns; and discussions on the pro's and con's of video games - where they can help and teach, and where they can harm, and how to see the signs of each.

Though this book was written toward parents, and regarding children, I believe it could be helpful to anyone who wants to better understand video games and their draw. I know it was helpful to me in understanding my husband's seeming addiction to video games, and the questions about problematic game play were very useful. The bibliography for this book is extensive, and gives plenty of resources for further study on this subject.

To read more about the book, or purchase from the publisher, click here.
Find out more about this author here. In the book the author talks briefly about the music he preforms in an online game, read more about this and listen to his incredible music described as "minimalist piano with slashes of ambient electronics" HERE.


Roblynn and Rebekah December 8, 2008 at 7:02 PM  

I figured you read this one for the hubby :). Jesse is totally into World of Warcraft, actually they call it World of Warcrack! A good reason also. He used it to fill a void left after another addiction, so we are very happy with it and tease him about it. Hope you all are great! Robbie

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