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Lost in a Good Game: Why we play video games and what they can do for us

Lost in a Good Game: Why we play video games and what they can do for us (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

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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- 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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ISBN 9781785784811
Released NZ 3 Jun 2019
Publisher Icon Books Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
104 In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781785784811
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Icon Books Ltd
Imprint Icon Books Ltd
Released 3 Jun 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Category Media Studies
Impact Of Computing & IT On Society
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 216mm
Dewey Code 794.8019
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Video games - Psychological aspects
NBS Text Popular Psychology
ONIX Text General/trade