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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Reprint edition (14 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307474313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307474315
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bobby on 5 July 2010
Format: Hardcover
Excellent read. Even though I had not played some of the games discussed, the way that the author has described his experiences within the game worlds brings memories of similar feelings experienced in other titles. After reading this book you start to see games through new eyes, thinking in much more detail about how it affects you and how you want to be affected by a game.

Many people think games as just that, games, but they are fast becoming the new art form for the 21st century. Mr Bissell discusses many high points and the limitation of games in a way that is thought provoking and insightful.
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Tom Bissell writes both eloquently and interestingly. Through his eyes we can see a lot of gamedev backstage, as well as some of his private and intimate moments. It's a good, but casual read. Academics and game developers might find it somewhat lacking.
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By @gamingoneasy on 8 May 2014
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Book itself was a good read.
But the pages were strangly cut as if the book itself was one for the rubbish bin.
Oh well it was still readable.
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By mboaj on 6 Mar. 2013
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I loved reading this book. The interviews give a lot of insite about the backstage of game development and made me go back and play most of the games.
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