In this June 3, 2011 photo, Ryan Van Cleave holds a copy of his book "Unplugged" at his home in Sarasota, Fla. Gaming and thinking about video games was all-consuming for Van Cleave. Yet living inside... more 
In this June 3, 2011 photo, Ryan Van Cleave holds a copy of his book "Unplugged" at his home in Sarasota, Fla. Gaming and thinking about video games was all-consuming for Van Cleave. Yet living inside the game World of Warcraft, which became his obsession, seemed preferable to the drudgery of everyday life. Especially when the life involved fighting with his wife about how much time he spent on the computer. While the game made him feel "godlike," life's small hitches could be "profoundly disempowering." Despite thoughts like this, recorded in his new book, despite dissociative episodes in supermarkets when he felt as if he was inside a game, he did not think he had a problem IRL _ gamerspeak for In Real Life. But he did, and a reckoning was coming. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Chris O'Meara
Sat, Aug 27, 2011 8:33 AM EDT