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Gamers : writers, artists & programmers on the pleasures of pixels

Author: Shanna Compton
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Soft Skull Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2004.
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No longer just for kids and fanatics, video games have been growing in sophistication and popularity with each passing year and their cultural reach is expanding too - spawning magazines, international conferences, university courses, and blockbuster movies. In Gamers, noted writers, artists, scholars, poets, and programmers talk about what gaming means to them and discuss the growing impact of video games on  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Shanna Compton
ISBN: 1932360573 9781932360578
OCLC Number: 56367444
Description: 255 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Walkthrough : an introduction / Shanna Compton --
From ... plowing the dark / Richard Powers --
I am telling you this because I trust you not to use it against me / Whitney Pastorek --
Coin-op physics : a vector-graphics retrospective / Drew Gardner --
Flying off the screen : observations from the golden age of the American video game arcade / Ernest Hilbert --
Our fingers & thumbs / J. Brandon Housley --
8-bit primitive homage to the Atari 2600 / Mark Lamoureux --
Playing material girl / Katie Degentesh --
Marking out : consuming inauthenticity / Marion Wrenn --
Some fine shootin : ... Big buck hunter II ... / Luis Jaramillo --
Finish him / K. Thor Jensen --
Are you hot enough to play with Journey? Todd Rogers is / Daniel Nester --
Why can't you crouch / Marc Nesbitt --
Pleasure circuit overload / Jim Munroe --
Virtual interludes / Laurel Snyder --
Back-seat driver : ... Vice city ... / Maureen Thorson --
Stroke this / Thomas Kelly --
Delicious absence / Shannon Holman --
Fake football, real manly / Aaron McCollough --
Cheating your way to the top in ... America : the game ... / Bill Spratch --
Robber, sailboat, atom, book / Shelley Jackson --
I am a freak / Roland Kelts --
Language explosion : poetry & entertainment in ... Arteroids 2.50 ... / Jim Andrews --
Yes, but is it a game / Nic Kelman.
Responsibility: edited by Shanna Compton.
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No longer just for kids and fanatics, video games have been growing in sophistication and popularity with each passing year and their cultural reach is expanding too - spawning magazines, international conferences, university courses, and blockbuster movies. In Gamers, noted writers, artists, scholars, poets, and programmers talk about what gaming means to them and discuss the growing impact of video games on fashion, fiction, film, and music. Contributors include Richard Powers, Colson Whitehead, Shelley Jackson, Matthew Sharpe, Marc Nesbitt, Daniel Nester, Whitney Pastorek, and Jim Andrews. Essays feature a glittering mix of topics from the esoteric to the purely entertaining: gender identity in relation to gaming, video golf as a meditative exercise, Ms. Pacman versus The Sims, the similarities between writing fiction and programming, the confessions of a video poker junkie, and much more in this witty, wide-screen look at how video games are becoming part of the cultural landscape.

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