Dear friends and fellow gamers,

I am so excited to let you know that my new book on the psychology of online
games, “The Proteus Paradox”, is now in print and available on Amazon and other
book retailers: The Proteus Paradox: How Online Games and Virtual...The Proteus Paradox: How Online Games and Virtual...
The book challenges the myths around who plays online games and what really
happens in these virtual worlds. We often think of online games as being about
fantasy, freedom, and fun, but many gamers describe their gaming as a second
job, superstitions flourish, and a player’s suspected offline ethnicity can be a
matter of virtual life and death. Drawing from player narratives, psychology lab
experiments, and analysis of game server data, this is a book about gnomes
falling in love, how the community changes when the NPC city guards give out
directions freely, and ultimately, what it means to be human in a digital world.

I’d like to thank all of you who participated in my surveys and studies over the
past decade. It was your participation that made my research and this book
possible. When I started surveying online gamers back in college, it would have
been beyond my wildest dreams to know that over 70,000 gamers would end up
participating in my studies!

I have a huge favor to ask. I’d really appreciate if you could help spread the
word about the book. And if you do read the book, I’d also really appreciate if
you could leave a review on Amazon. Having a large number of reviews goes a long
ways into helping others decide whether this is a book they might enjoy.

Wherever you are in the physical and gaming worlds, whatever quests you may be
pursuing in both, may your journeys be safe and your adventures bountiful!