Porn & Pong: How Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider and other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture

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“A stimulating look at two of today’s most controversial subjects. . . . Sure to amaze and titillate anyone who’s ever hoisted a videogame controller.”—CNN Tech Correspondent Scott Steinberg

No book until Porn & Pong has explored how pornography and video games have influenced America’s sexual mores and technological compulsions on a massive scale.

The first Atari systems and their phallic joysticks began to sell by the million along with the rise of the VCR and the modern ...

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Overview

“A stimulating look at two of today’s most controversial subjects. . . . Sure to amaze and titillate anyone who’s ever hoisted a videogame controller.”—CNN Tech Correspondent Scott Steinberg

No book until Porn & Pong has explored how pornography and video games have influenced America’s sexual mores and technological compulsions on a massive scale.

The first Atari systems and their phallic joysticks began to sell by the million along with the rise of the VCR and the modern porn industry. Reality TV skyrocketed the same year as The Sims, and the surgically endowed Pamela Anderson was only outshined by one other woman: Lara Croft.

Porn & Pong’s publication comes at the time of the release of several highly anticipated adult-oriented games, including a new Leisure Suit Larry, Tomb Raider, and the sequel to the most controversial video game of all time, Grand Theft Auto. Author Damon Brown examines how politics, hidden agendas, and financial pressure affect the controversial art forms of gaming and pornography.

Damon Brown writes for Playboy, Spin, New York Post, and the Inspector Gadget column for PlanetOut, the largest gay and lesbian website.

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Brown, a journalist for Playboy and The New York Post, maps the course of sex in video games from the Atari era to the present in this slim, fun read. Asserting that video games fulfill the cultural need for "dark sexual thrills," Brown's roving (occasionally rambling) exploration looks at the young medium in context and finds that, even in its infancy, video games were already as influential, potentially dangerous, and worthy of dissection as any other art. The first mainstream porno game, 1982's "Custer's Revenge" for the Atari 2600, spurred debate over the non-consensual nature of its crudely depicted virtual sex, culminating in crowds of protesters, lawsuits against the publisher, and the sexual assault of a Native American woman by thugs verbally invoking the game. Despite his graphic description of games many may find abhorrent, Brown comes off as neither a libertarian geek nor a moral custodian, and he keeps his history lively with personalities like Toby Gard, designer of video gaming's all-time "It Girl," Lara Croft. The talented programmer's admission that "maybe subconsciously, Lara Croft was my sister" is just one of the quirky insights Brown unearths, revealing the digital artistry and skewed lust that fuel the industry's ever-expanding reach: in erotic content, artistic merit and culture at large.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932595369
  • Publisher: Feral House
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 230
  • Sales rank: 1,019,191
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Damon Brown is an author for Playboy, Spin, New York Post and many other publications. Among his books are The Pocket Idiot's Guide to the IPhone, The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Satellite Radio and The Pocket Idiot's Guide to the IPod.
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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    Sex

    Porn stars are cool

    15 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Anonyumos

    SUCKSbooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Nothunv

    There no juicy stuff just wofd

    7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    I need real porn

    Im going crazy if i dont gey boobs vaginas ass boobs vagina ass boob vagina ass BOOOOOOOOOOOBS!!!!!!

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    F u

    What the f***

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    ASSHOLES

    How DARE you associate porn with GAMING?!?! BTW they should make negative atars

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Not for me

    4 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Yuck

    Sick

    4 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Real porn

    I already had real porn. That guy suckes on my boobs like crazy. Then he diged his dick into me. It felt incredible. Im a prustettute

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    For the one whos title is"i had real porn"

    I very hihly doubt that you are a "prostitute" because first you spelt prostitute wrong and if you are thhen give me your phone number for proof and a little sex.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    And...

    This has to do with a NOOK... how? Cuz i saw it in the NOOK guide related titles...

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Hayley do u have a xbox

    Great book it got me horny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    To the guys out there;)

    Im a prostitute and if yur horny im yur girl! Just leave yur email and respond to hayley

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    CRAZY

    What the fu** you guy are crazy who wiul read dis

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    What kind of fucking person would ever read a book like this!!!!!

    You should not be looking at this stuff im a lesbian

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 21, 2011

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