Lost in a Good Game - Why We Play Video Games and What They Do to Us

Author(s): Pete Etchells

Culture and Society

"This is a flawless victory for everyone" - Adam Rutherford When Pete Etchells was 14, 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- 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 Gameis 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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General Fields

  • : 9781785784811
  • : Icon Books, Limited
  • : Icon Books, Limited
  • : March 2019
  • : --- length: - '21.6' width: - '13.5' units: - Centimeters
  • : June 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Pete Etchells
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 794.8019
  • : 320