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Wade

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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
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    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?"
    "Engaging and fun but light on substance."
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    Engaging and fun but light on substance. If you have ever played any of the current run FPS/RPG (First Person Shooter/Role Playing Games) games you might really enjoy it, i.e. Left 4 Dead, Modern Warfare 2, etc. I don't play FPS games but Bissell is an excellent writer and makes some interesting points about how games work/don't work, and their importance in the entertainment industry alongside movies and TV. Noticeably absent from his analysis are the MMORPGS (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games) such as World of Warcraft and Everquest, which are significantly different in scope and would have made an interesting counterpoint.

    The end of the book follows a dark turn in Bissels life related to drug use and playing GTA (Grand Theft Auto) and although the title of the book might lead you to believe it's kid friendly let me assure you it's not.

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