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Steven J McMillen

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  • Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Tom Bissell
    • Narrated By Tom Bissell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (440)
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    (324)
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    Tom Bissell is a prizewinning writer who published three widely acclaimed books before the age of 34. He is also an obsessive gamer who has spent untold hours in front of his various video game consoles, playing titles such as Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead, BioShock, and Oblivion for, literally, days. If you are reading this copy, the same thing can probably be said of you, or of someone you know.

    Roy says: "Ever Wonder about Video Games?"
    "Poorly titled book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like video game review anthologies, this is your book.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The interviews with game designers were interesting, but I didn't expect and was uninterested in the psychoanalytical self examination that is the other main aspect of the book.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Bissell – was your favorite?

    There is only one character in the book, since it's basically autobiographical; the author. Yet he's still not my favorite.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Extra Lives?

    I'd cut out all the left wing political statement nonsense.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will absolutely NOT give an argument of any substance for why video games matter. If anything it will give an implicit argument that they are equally as ephemeral as the different other drugs the author describes using in the book. I believe they do matter, but no self referential indulgent blather can possibly argue for that belief.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful

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