Archive for the ‘Addiction’ Category
Video games are everywhere. Maybe you think video games are just x-box, nintendo type games, but what about all of the online video games as well as social media games such as Farmville and others on Facebook as well? Are people really addicted to video games? What does that mean? How does it affect people’s lives? Is video game addiction different from other froms of addicton? Ryan G. Van Cleave is the author of the book, “Unplugged: My Journey into the Dark World of Video Game Addiction”. A.J. Mahari interviewed Ryan about his experiences with video games and video game addiction along with digital addictions and his book on the on Wednesday August 18, 2010 at 7pm EST.
Ryan G. Van Cleave was the 2007-2008 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington at George Washington University. He has taught creative writing and literature at Clemson University, Eckerd College, Florida State University, the Ringling College of Art & Design, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as at prisons, community centers, and urban at-risk youth facilities.
He lives in Sarasota, FL where he works as a freelance writer, editor, ghostwriter, script doctor, and an addiction & recovery consultant. He also serves as Executive Director of C&R Press, a non-profit literary organization based in Chattanooga, TN.
The author (or co-author) of sixteen books, his poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in such publications as The Boston Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Clean Eating, Forbes.com, Harvard Review, National Geographic Adventures, The New York Times Review of Books, People, Ploughshares, The Progressive, Psychology Today, TriQuarterly, and Writers’ Digest.
Ryan’s work has also been featured in such books as Mooring Against the Tide: Writing Fiction and Poetry (Prentice Hall, 2000), The 15th Annual Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror (St. Martin’s 2002), Never Before: Poems About First Experiences (Four Way Books, 2005), and In a Fine Frenzy: Poetry Inspired by Shakespeare (University of Iowa Press, 2005).
WARNING: THIS VIDEO GAME MAY IMPAIR YOUR JUDGMENT. IT MAY CAUSE SLEEP DEPRIVATION, ALIENATION OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY, WEIGHT LOSS OR GAIN, NEGLECT OF YOUR BASIC NEEDS AS WELL AS THE NEEDS OF LOVED ONES AND/OR DEPENDENTS, AND DECREASED PERFORMANCE ON THE JOB. THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN FANTASY AND REALITY MAY BECOME BLURRED. PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SUICIDE ATTEMPTS.
No such warning was included on the latest and greatest release from the Warcraft series of massive multiplayer online role-playing games—World of Warcraft (WoW). So when Ryan Van Cleave—a college professor, husband, father, and one of the 11.5 million Warcraft subscribers worldwide—found himself teetering on the edge of the Arlington Memorial Bridge, he had no one to blame but himself. He had neglected his wife and children and had jeopardized his livelihood, all for the rush of living a life of high adventure in a virtual world.
A fabulously written and gripping tale, Unplugged takes you on a journey through the author’s semireclusive life with video games at the center of his experiences. Even when he was sexually molested by a young school teacher at age eleven, it was the promise of a new video game that had lured him to her house. As Ryan’s life progresses, we witness the evolution of video games—from simple two-button consoles to today’s multikey technology, brilliantly designed to keep the user actively participating. For Ryan, the virtual world was a siren-song he couldn’t ignore, no matter the cost.
As is the case with most recovering addicts, Ryan eventually hit rock bottom and shares with you his ongoing battle to control his impulses to play, providing prescriptive advice and resources for those caught in the grip of this very real addiction.