Lost in a Good Game

Why we play video games and what they can do for us
CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: BN14796
Released: Jun 11, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781721386710
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Description

When Pete Etchells was 13, his father died from motor neurone disease. In order to cope, he immersed himself in a virtual world-first as an escape, but later to try to understand what had happened. Etchells is now a researcher into the psychological effects of video games, and was co-author on a recent paper explaining why WHO plans to classify 'game addiction' as a danger to public health are based on bad science and (he thinks) are a bad idea. In this, his first book, he journeys through the history and development of video games-from Turing's chess machine to mass multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft or Fortnite-via scientific study, to investigate the highs and lows of playing and get to the bottom of our relationship with games-why we do it, and what they really mean to us. At the same time, Lost in a Good Game is a very unusual memoir of a writer coming to terms with his grief via virtual worlds, as he tries to work out what area of popular culture we should classify games (a relatively new technology) under.

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Author(s): Dr. Pete Etchells

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