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Getting gamers : the psychology of video games and their impact on the people who play them

Author: Jamie Madigan
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Video games are big business. They can be addicting. They are available almost anywhere you go and are appealing to people of all ages. They can eat up our time, cost us money, even kill our relationships. But it's not all bad! This book will show that rather than being a waste of time, video games can help us develop skills, make friends, succeed at work, form good habits, and be happy. Taking the time to learn  Read more...
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Madigan, Jamie.
Getting gamers.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
(DLC) 2015014719
(OCoLC)907965615
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jamie Madigan
ISBN: 9781442240001 1442240008
OCLC Number: 920466083
Description: 1 online resource (293 pages)
Contents: Part 1. Those who play. Why do perfectly normal people become raving lunatics online? --
Why do people cheat, hack, and peek at strategy guides? --
Why are fanboys and fangirls so ready for a fight? --
Why do we get nostalgic about good old games? --
Part 2. Those who make. How do games get us to keep score and compete? --
How do games get us to grind, complete side quests, and chase achievements? --
How do developers keep us so excited about new loot? --
Part 3. Those who sell. How do games make us feel immersed in imaginary worlds? --
Why do we go crazy for digital game sales? --
How do games and apps get you with in-game purchases? --
How do games keep players paying? --
How do games get players to market each other? --
Part 4. The games themselves. Do we shape our in-game avatars or do they shape us? --
Why do we like violent games so much? And should we be worried that we do? --
Do video games make you smarter? --
Conclusion: Where do psychology and video games go from here?
Responsibility: Jamie Madigan.

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