Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

With video games growing in popularity and the strong opinions about their potential vs peril growing right along with them, Glued to Games brings some much needed insight to the table. Glued to Games is the first book/review I have ever seen which offers a balanced view of the pros and cons offered by video games world. The authors offer an easily understandable education on the psychology of what drives us to play games, how games satisfy basic psychological needs, and an understanding of how these factors sometimes lead to violence and addiction.

Filled with examples from a variety of popular games as well as the real experiences of gamers themselves, Glued to Games gets to the center of gaming’s powerful psychological and emotional allure–the benefits as well as the dangers. It gives everyone from researchers to parents to gamers themselves a better understanding of the psychology of gaming, while offering suggestions for healthier, more enjoyable games and gaming experiences.

Glued to Games is written in a manner that is easy to understand even when covering some of the more complex ideas. I appreciated the fact that I could read something educational and still enjoy it rather than being bored to complete tears until I lost all interest. I also liked the fact that so many game examples were used to help make it clearly applicable to any level of gaming whether you’re playing old school arcade games, online/phone apps, action shooter games, or in-depth multi-player games (such as World of Warcraft). Along with a wide variety of examples, Glued to Games made sure to hit on the very positive aspects, the very negative, and everything in between. It was a nice change of pace not to be stuck reading a very one sided, closed minded, opinionated type of view.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Glued to Games and found it very useful, educational, and fun to read at the same time. I would recommend it to gamers and non-gamers alike.

Rating: 5/5

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by FSB Associates. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.