August 28, 2011
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.
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At the height of what he calls his addiction, Ryan Van Cleave would stand in the grocery store checkout line with his milk and bread and baby food for his little girls and for a split second think he was living inside a video game.