Glued to Games: How Video Games Draw us In and Hold us Spellbound
Scott Rigby and Richard M. Ryan
Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2011. Images, charts, tables, index. 186 pp. $34.95 paper. ISBN: 978-0313362248
Over the last few years, there has been great interest in the power of video games not just to entertain but to promote learning, health, social change, and art. Many believe that the deep source of this power is the ability of video games to attract and motivate players (even up to the point of addiction, some claim). But what creates this power? Rigby and Ryan offer a psychological explanation—but one replete with social and political implications.