In Powering Up, Rebecca Mileham examines the latest research to see what effect the epidemic of game-playing is really having on us and on our society. Are computer games making us obese, anti-social, violent and addicted... or are they actually offering us new ways to get smarter, fitter and more skilled? This book presents evidence from experts and gamers alike, asks some controversial and thought-provoking questions such as:
Is there a hidden plague of game addiction in our society?
Can computer games improve your vocabulary?
Are car-driving games turning us into boy racers?
Could games help patients fight cancer?
Should you feel guilty for killing pixel people?
Discover. Question. Provoke."...raises some controversial and thought provoking questions...A great title to start discussions over the coffee table..." (Engineering & Technology, September 20, 2008)