How video games suck you in: “Our sense of time becomes yoked, not to the ticking of the clock, but to the pattern of our interactions”

(Credit: AP/Eckehard Schulz)

Whether you are excited or alarmed by video games — whether you think they develop the player’s capacities or doom him to self-destruction — you will find something to back you up in Simon Parkin’s “Death by Video Game.” The British journalist, who has written for The New Yorker, The Guardian, and The New York Times, is a longtime player himself, and immerses himself even deeper into the subculture of serious gamers. In fact, even if you are largely...

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