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Extra Lives - Why Video Games Matter

Tom Bissell

Tom Bissell is a prizewinning writer who published three widely acclaimed books before the age of thirty-four. 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 flap copy, the same thing can probably be said of you, or of someone you know. Until recently, Bissell was somewhat reluctant to admit to his passion for games. In this, he is not alone. Millions of adults spend hours every week playing video games, and the industry itself now reliably outearns Hollywood. But the wider culture seems to regard video games as, at best, well designed if mindless entertainment. Extra Lives is an impassioned defense of this assailed and misunderstood art form. Bissell argues that we are in a golden age of gaming-but he also believes games could be even better. He offers a fascinating and often hilarious critique of the ways video games dazzle and, just as often, frustrate. Along the way, we get firsthand portraits of some of the best minds (Jonathan Blow, Clint Hocking, Cliff Bleszinski, Peter Molyneux) at work in video game design today, as well as a shattering and deeply moving final chapter that describes, in searing detail, Bissell's descent into the world of Grand Theft Auto IV, a game whose themes mirror his own increasingly self-destructive compulsions. Blending memoir, criticism, and first-rate reportage, Extra Lives is like no other book on the subject ever published. Whether you love video games, loathe video games, or are merely curious about why they are becoming the dominant popular art form of our time, Extra Lives is required reading. From the Hardcover edition.

Tom Bissell is a prizewinning writer who published three widely acclaimed books before the age of thirty-four. 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 flap copy, the same thing can probably be said of you, or of someone you know. Until recently, Bissell was somewhat reluctant to admit to his passion for games. In this, he is not alone. Millions of adults spend hours every week playing video games, and the industry itself now reliably outearns Hollywood. But the wider culture seems to regard video games as, at best, well designed if mindless entertainment. Extra Lives is an impassioned defense of this assailed and misunderstood art form. Bissell argues that we are in a golden age of gaming-but he also believes games could be even better. He offers a fascinating and often hilarious critique of the ways video games dazzle and, just as often, frustrate. Along the way, we get firsthand portraits of some of the best minds (Jonathan Blow, Clint Hocking, Cliff Bleszinski, Peter Molyneux) at work in video game design today, as well as a shattering and deeply moving final chapter that describes, in searing detail, Bissell's descent into the world of Grand Theft Auto IV, a game whose themes mirror his own increasingly self-destructive compulsions. Blending memoir, criticism, and first-rate reportage, Extra Lives is like no other book on the subject ever published. Whether you love video games, loathe video games, or are merely curious about why they are becoming the dominant popular art form of our time, Extra Lives is required reading. From the Hardcover edition.
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Tom Bissell is a prizewinning writer who published three widely acclaimed books before the age of thirty-four. 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 flap copy, the same thing can probably be said of you, or of someone you know. Until recently, Bissell was somewhat reluctant to admit to his passion for games. In this, he is not alone. Millions of adults spend hours every week playing video games, and the industry itself now reliably outearns Hollywood. But the wider culture seems to regard video games as, at best, well designed if mindless entertainment. Extra Lives is an impassioned defense of this assailed and misunderstood art form. Bissell argues that we are in a golden age of gaming-but he also believes games could be even better. He offers a fascinating and often hilarious critique of the ways video games dazzle and, just as often, frustrate. Along the way, we get firsthand portraits of some of the best minds (Jonathan Blow, Clint Hocking, Cliff Bleszinski, Peter Molyneux) at work in video game design today, as well as a shattering and deeply moving final chapter that describes, in searing detail, Bissell's descent into the world of Grand Theft Auto IV, a game whose themes mirror his own increasingly self-destructive compulsions. Blending memoir, criticism, and first-rate reportage, Extra Lives is like no other book on the subject ever published. Whether you love video games, loathe video games, or are merely curious about why they are becoming the dominant popular art form of our time, Extra Lives is required reading. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

5h 30m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:06


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:09


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:44


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:50


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:34


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:27


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:36


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:34


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:50


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:22


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:36


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:55


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:02


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

00:25