G.A.M.E.R. Lab Director James D. Ivory's new book Virtual Lives is now available from ABC-CLIO.  The book, which Dr. Ivory began writing in 2009, is a reference providing extensive background on the history and development of virtual worlds, their users, and social concerns and opportunities related to the growth of virtual worlds.

The latest volume in of ABC-CLIO's Contemporary World Issues series, Virtual Lives draws from and summarizes a range of sources from industry and non-profit organizations, social scientists and other scholars, and news outlets for readers ranging from interested laypersons to academic researchers.  In addition to chapter-length essays, the book includes a chronology of events, tables and figures summarizing relevant data, biographies of relevant persons, an extensive bibliography of books and articles, and a comprehensive list of relevant organizations.

Dr. Ivory is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech, where he has worked since 2005 after receiving a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.