Skip to main content

A Whale of a Tale: Gaming Disorder and Spending

Their Associations With Ad Watching in Role-Playing and Loot-Box Gaming

About the Course:

This course examines loot box games as it pertains to problematic gaming, gambling, and addiction, as well as the role that advertising plays. It includes: mobile gaming, gaming disorder, attitudes and behavior of players, loot-box gaming and gambling, advertising in mobile games, game involvement, spending habits, attitude towards the game, attitude towards advertising, time spent playing the gaming, and watching ads for currency.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, A Whale of a Tale: Gaming Disorder and Spending created by Samuel M. Tham and Gregory P. Perreault, PhD (Journalism) in 2021.

Publication Date:

Feb 2021

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Samuel M. Tham

Dr. Tham is an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. His research focuses on advertising and problematic gaming and his work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Gregory P. Perreault, PhD (Journalism)

Dr. Gregory P. Perreault is a multimedia journalism professor at Appalachian State University. He’s a media sociologist who researches phenomena associated with journalism and gaming. His work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the rising numbers of problem gamers.

  2. Identify attitudes, behaviors, spending patterns of problem gamers and problem gamblers.

  3. Summarize the role of the loot box and advertising in problematic gaming and problematic gambling in games.

Course Material

Course Material

Exam Questions

All exam questions for the course are visible on this page for members of Addiction Counselor CE.

Membership is free, and you can sign up today! You'll only pay when you're ready to purchase a course.

If you're already a member, please log in to see the exam questions for this and all other courses.


  • Is this course approved for my continuing education requirements?

    Yes, most likely. Look Up Your State Board for more detailed information. Logged-in site members will see the relevant approval information displayed in the Approvals tab for every course.

  • Do you have special accommodations for my disability (ADA)?

    Please contact us! We would be happy to accommodate your needs right away, and your input will help us make Addiction Counselor CE more accessible for future users too.

  • How do I enroll in this course?

    Use the Enroll In This Course button and just follow the instructions! You don't pay anything until you're ready to take an exam.

  • What do I have to do to complete the course?

    To complete the course, review the course objectives, then review the material, and then pass the exam with a score of 75% or greater and lastly complete an evaluation.

  • How do I access the materials?

    Most of our courses are based on online articles available for free to the public. Some courses, such as those based on books, require that you purchase the material. Use the Course Materials tab above for more info. You don't need to enroll in the course to access materials, whether free or paid. So you always know what you're getting into before you commit to taking the course.

  • How do I get my certificate?

    Your certificate will be available to download or email immediately when you pass the course exam and complete the evaluation.

  • Can I contact you for more help?

    Yes! Use the Help widget at the bottom-right of the screen anywhere on Addiction Counselor CE to search our help docs, or to ask our support team for help.

Categorized in:

Course Number 103120
1 credit hour
Log in for credit hours relevant to your licensure.

  • Reading-Based Online
Exam Fee: $5.97 No exam fee with a membership package!

No Cost Materials

4.6 out of 5
26 members have taken this course

Try a free CE course.

Get started by trying a free course of your choice. No payment info required!

Sign Up Free
Abstract image of people, a PC and books