Death by Video Game: Danger, Pleasure, and Obsession on the Virtual Frontline

Death by Video Game: Danger, Pleasure, and Obsession on the Virtual Frontline

Death by Video Game: Danger, Pleasure, and Obsession on the Virtual Frontline

Death by Video Game: Danger, Pleasure, and Obsession on the Virtual Frontline

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Overview

In Canada, volunteers are raising money for charity by playing marathon stints of Penn & Teller's Desert Bus, probably the worst video game ever created.

Across the globe, thousands of viewers tune in to Kurt J. Mac's epic but seemingly pointless voyage towards the outer realms of Minecraft's procedurally-generated world.

In Iraq, mothers encourage their children to enter Call of Duty competitions to keep them off the bomb-ravaged streets of Baghdad.

And in Taiwan, a spate of deaths at gaming cafés is raising questions about what playing video games does to us.

In Death by Video Game, renowned gaming journalist Simon Parkin delves into the lives of obsessive gamers to answer the question: why do we spend so many hours of our lives in virtual playgrounds?

Telling the stories of gamers and the developers who create the worlds they obsessively inhabit, Death by Video Game is a window on the human stories that have made video games the twenty-first century's most vibrant cultural medium.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531839420
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

SIMON PARKIN is a journalist whose writing has appeared in NewYorker.com, Harper's Magazine, the Guardian, ESPN, and a number of other publications. Death by Video Game is his first book.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Chronoslip 3

2 Success 23

3 Lost in the System 47

4 Discovery 69

5 Belonging 87

6 Evil 105

7 Empathy 127

8 Hiding Place 147

9 Mystery 165

10 Healing 191

11 Survival 211

12 Utopia 229

Acknowledgements 245

Index 247

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