Unplugged: My Journey into the Dark World of Computer Game Addiction is an autobiography written by Dr. Van Cleave. He describes the book as a way for him to hopefully come to terms with his life and addiction. He writes to prove that video game addiction is as real as smoking, drug use or alcoholism. He also suggests that it is far more widespread than in Asia, where there is a lot of publicity surrounding the issue. In Asia they game in public, while here in the Western world we game in the privacy of our homes. Therefore, it is much less obvious here.
Van Cleave describes not only his experiences of playing mostly “World of Warcraft” (WOW) but also shares his friends’ experiences. In the appendices at the end of the book, he includes interviews with people who are nearly always online, whether on their computers, iPhones or working in the industry. This included not only playing WOW, but other games on Facebook, Facebook itself, and Twitter to name a few online addictions. For me, this book was an eye-opening, easy read. It is definitely a book I would recommend, especially if you’ve ever been online or care about someone who seems to be spending too much time online. It is an interesting look at how online games and social sites are affecting society.
Roxanne, Evergreen Branch customer