Losing yourself in virtual worlds can have good as well a negative effects

Losing yourself in virtual worlds can have good as well a negative effects

Enlarge / A visitor holds a hand control unit to play Minecraft during the EGX gaming conference in London, September 2014. (credit: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Pete Etchells lost his father to motor neuron disease as a teenager, and often, when the anniversary of his death rolled around, he found solace in playing video games, like hunting for the elusive Time Lost Proto-Drake in World of Warcraft. Gaming started as an escape, but over time, he found those virtual worlds helped him grapple with the difficult questions of human mortality and death. He even recreated a log cabin in Minecraft, drawing on memories of where he’d stayed at Yosemite on vacation with his father.

Now a psychologist at Bath Spa University in England but still an avid gamer, Etchells specializes in understanding the behavioral effects—both positive and negative—of video games. He chose that focus after going on an

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Ars To-Be-Read: Our most anticipated books for the second half of 2019

Ars To-Be-Read: Our most anticipated books for the second half of 2019

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Authors, publishers, and book nerds converge on New York City at the end of May each year for Book Expo America, and this year Ars was there to scope out some stories. The convention showcases books of all kinds—fiction, nonfiction, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, YA, graphic novels, comics, and everything in between—making it an excellent opportunity to learn more about already anticipated titles and discover new releases debuting in the coming months.

After talking to numerous publishers and hearing a few authors speak (including Star Trek’s George Takei—check out the first pick in our list), we’re highlighting a few of our most anticipated reads for the rest of 2019. Most fit into the nonfiction, sci-fi, and fantasy genres, but some bleed into other genres as well. Add to your TBR list, e-reader, library app, or Audible wish list so you don’t miss any of these 

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Staffsource: Ars staffers share their favorite books to get lost in this summer

Staffsource: Ars staffers share their favorite books to get lost in this summer

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Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all the things you’ve been meaning to do—like get your to-be-read (TBR) pile down to a manageable size (if that’s even possible). As the longer days with better weather beg you to venture outside and crack open your current read, we at Ars considered our recent favorite reads to compile this makeshift summer 2019 reading list.

These titles may not be what most would consider “summer reads.” Scant few white-sand beaches and picture-perfect resorts fill these pages—but that doesn’t make them any less escape-worthy. Whether they be space operas or true crime sagas, we consider a “summer” read to be a story that you can fully immerse yourself in, leaving work and other worries behind even just for a little while.

Regardless of whether you prefer reading physical books, e-books, or audiobooks, these recommendations will keep

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