This gaming life : travels in three cities / Jim Rossignol.

by Rossignol, Jim, 1978-Looking glass.

Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2009.Description: 213 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 0472033972; 9780472033973.Subject(s): Video games -- Psychological aspectsLooking glass | Computer games -- Psychological aspects | Computer games -- Social aspectsLooking glass | Video games -- Social aspectsLooking glass
London -- How games make gamers -- The big smoke -- Seoul -- A gamers' world -- Propagandists -- Reykjavik -- The special relationship -- Model living -- Home -- The window -- The playlist.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

" In May 2000 I was fired from my job as a reporter on a finance newsletter because of an obsession with a video game.

It was the best thing that ever happened to me ."

So begins this story of personal redemption through the unlikely medium of electronic games. Quake , World of Warcraft, Eve Online, and other online games not only offered author Jim Rossignol an excellent escape from the tedium of office life. They also provided him with a diverse global community and a job--as a games journalist.

Part personal history, part travel narrative, part philosophical reflection on the meaning of play, This Gaming Life describes Rossignol's encounters in three cities: London, Seoul, and Reykjavik. From his days as a Quake genius in London's increasingly corporate gaming culture; to Korea, where gaming is a high-stakes televised national sport; to Iceland, the home of his ultimate obsession, the idiosyncratic and beguiling Eve Online, Rossignol introduces us to a vivid and largely undocumented world of gaming lives.

Torn between unabashed optimism about the future of games and lingering doubts about whether they are just a waste of time, This Gaming Life also raises important questions about this new and vital cultural form. Should we celebrate the "serious" educational, social, and cultural value of games, as academics and journalists are beginning to do? Or do these high-minded justifications simply perpetuate the stereotype of games as a lesser form of fun? In this beautifully written, richly detailed, and inspiring book, Rossignol brings these abstract questions to life, immersing us in a vibrant landscape of gaming experiences.

"We need more writers like Jim Rossignol, writers who are intimately familiar with gaming, conversant in the latest research surrounding games, and able to write cogently and interestingly about the experience of playing as well as the deeper significance of games."
--Chris Baker, Wired

" This Gaming Life is a fascinating and eye-opening look into the real human impact of gaming culture. Traveling the globe and drawing anecdotes from many walks of life, Rossignol takes us beyond the media hype and into the lives of real people whose lives have been changed by gaming. The results may surprise you."
--Raph Koster, game designer and author of A Theory of Fun for Game Design

"Is obsessive video gaming a character flaw? In This Gaming Life, Jim Rossignol answers with an emphatic 'no,' and offers a passionate and engaging defense of what is too often considered a 'bad habit' or 'guilty pleasure.'"
--Joshua Davis, author of The Underdog

"This is a wonderfully literate look at gaming cultures, which you don't have to be a gamer to enjoy. The Korea section blew my mind."
--John Seabrook, New Yorker staff writer and author of Flash of Genius and Other True Stories of Invention

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London -- How games make gamers -- The big smoke -- Seoul -- A gamers' world -- Propagandists -- Reykjavik -- The special relationship -- Model living -- Home -- The window -- The playlist.

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Library Journal Review

Online and video games are an art form, a major national pastime, a new type of community, and more. Here, gaming journalist Rossignol (coauthor, Transmissions from Imaginary Places: Writings on Computers and Video Games) comments on the current state of these games, their role in society, and their effect on players' lives. Rossignol is especially interested in games having no specific boundaries or discernible endpoints and with users' participation in the games' evolution. (This can be done with games allowing players to build modifications and with multiplayer online games allowing a large number of players to contribute in new and unpredictable ways.) He also gives a nod to the important uses of games in medicine, the military, education, art, propaganda, and more, but it is the entertainment they provide that most impresses him. Rossignol sees entertainment, or creations that prevent boredom, as a legitimate--even necessary--human endeavor. Recommended for any public library and for academic collections supporting American, cultural, and media studies as well as art and game design programs.--Lani Smith, Ohone Coll., Newark, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Jim Rossignol is a habitual gamer who grew up in a tediously middle-class village in the south of England. He is also a world-renowned games journalist who currently writes for Wired , the BBC, PC Gamer , and many other media outlets. His populist group-blogging project continues to expand its cult popularity. He lives in Bath, England.