Gamers: Writers, Artists, and Programmers on the Pleasures of Pixels

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In Gamers, 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. 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...
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In Gamers, 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. 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.
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In this anthology of original essays, contributors commissioned from a field of writers, artists, poets, programmers, and scholars discuss the growing impact of video games on our culture and what gaming means to them. Some wax nostalgic about their first experiences with games, while others write about the present and future aspects of a burgeoning gaming culture. The essays themselves range from intriguing to entertaining to merely poor literature. This eclectic collection may indeed interest video and computer game aficionados-those who still find some time to read. But for anyone who continues to shun the virtual game arena in favor of fondling the racing car token in Monopoly or a well-worn deck of playing cards, this book will be a curiosity at best. Recommended only for libraries serving avid gamers.-Joe J. Accardi, William Rainey Harper Coll. Lib., Palatine, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932360578
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/10/2004
  • Pages: 255
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Walkthrough : an introduction 11
From plowing the dark 23
I am telling you this because i trust you not to use it against me 36
Coin-op physics : a vector graphics aetrospective 44
Flying off the screen : observations from the golden age of the american video game arcade 57
Our fingers & thumbs 70
8-bit primitive : homage to the atari 2600 78
Playing Material Girl 92
Consuming inauthenticity 96
Some fine shootin : Big Buck Hunter II 105
Finish him 115
Are you hot enough to play with journey? : Todd Rogers is 122
Why can't you crouch? 144
Pleasure Circuit overload 149
Virtual interludes 158
Back-seat driver : Vice City 162
Stroke this 167
Delicious absence 172
Fake football, real manly 174
Cheating our way to the top in America : the game 181
Robber, sailboat, atom book 193
I am a freak 202
Language explosion : poetry & entertainment in arteroids 2.50 213
Yes, but is it a game 225
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