Trigger happy : videogames and the entertainment revolution / Steven Poole.

by Poole, Steven, 1972-Looking glass.

Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, 2004.Description: [xiii], 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781559705981.Subject(s): Video games -- HistoryLooking glass | Video games -- Social aspectsLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The Edge calls Trigger Happy a seminal piece of work. For the first time ever, an aficionado with a knowledge of art, culture, and a real love of gaming takes a critical look at the future of our videogames, and compares their aesthetic and economic impact on society to that of film. Thirty years after the invention of the simplest of games, more videogames are played by adults than children. This revolutionary book is the first-ever academically worthy and deeply engaging critique of one of today's most popular forms of play: videogames are on track to supersede movies as the most innovative form of entertainment in the new century.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Library Journal Review

Who can resist the allure of a well-crafted video game experience? Certainly not the millions of people who awaited the American release of Playstation 2 (on October 26, 2000) and the hordes of PC owners who recently made Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo II one of the fastest-selling computer games in history. Poole, a British writer, journalist, and frequent contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, captures the history and appeal of video gaming concisely and explains in a scholarly manner the visceral thrill felt by experienced electronic game fans. Concrete examples from a large variety of past and current video games abound, including actual screenshots from many of them. Poole prophesizes a bright future for the interactive electronic gaming medium by making positive comparisons between it and another major entertainment medium: film. Recommended for public and academic libraries with popular and electronic media collections.-David M. Lisa, Wayne P.L., Wayne, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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