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I was inspired in a way I wasn't expecting at all with this book. The author speaks eloquently of the perils of gaming and how addicts use their video games to escape reality. They lose their identity to assume identities of their video characters and get lost in a false world, often because the real world around them is too hard to face. This only propels them deeper into dysfunction. When we don't know our identity and take on false ones, we die. What inspired me most is this idea of running. This book has given me, a non-video gamer, a desire to meet life's challenges head on, more than ever, to face the real world and all its uncomfortable moments. You don't have to be a gamer to shy away from the tough stuff, but learning how they take this "hiding" to an extreme, and how it destroys them, makes me want no part in it. I'm propelled to move forward. - Michele Keen, Amazon Review

Excellent engaging story about overcoming an addiction and what damage it had done to himself and family. Great story of how his problem turned his life around through his own strength and with help from his God. - Ron, Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®

Very sincere and open about his failings... sincere in his desire to communicate the depth and spread of this pernicious addiction.. Now we need to think how to undo it and make real life rewarding. - Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®

Probably the most educated, intelligent and realistic about current society speaker I have heard in years! Maybe EVER - and this comes from a retired educator. - Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®

This was amazing. I never knew all of this. I suspected it! I've been a school teacher for 50 plus years so you know I am interested. Thanks so much and God bless you. - Dora Lou, Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®

I found it extremely helpful to hear his story since I know someone who is extremely addicted to gaming and refuses to leave his room for more than the restroom. Dr. Doan's lecture helped me understand the addiction more and be more attentive to this struggle in society. - Danielle, Medrounds Publications, Verified Reviews®

As is true with many addictions, overuse of video games steals our valuable and limited time and minds. - Christie Morse, MD (Pediatric Ophthalmologist)

Shocking insights into the minds of hardcore gamers. - Daniel Hunt (Former Competitive Gamer)

Dr. Andrew Doan's Personal Story on Video Game & Internet Addiction