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Interactive Nightmares: A History of Video Game Horror

Interactive Nightmares: A History of Video Game Horror [Kindle Edition]

Mark Butler
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In this entertaining and informative account, journalist and horror enthusiast Mark Butler charts the origins, evolution and impact of horror video games, discussing
groundbreaking classics, big-selling blockbusters and overlooked gems along the way. From point-and-click ghost-stories to monster-packed action fests; from the survival-horror boom to psychological masterpieces: the story of video game horror over the past 30 years is explored with passion and flair by a dedicated fan of the genre.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 244 KB
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DRXS22
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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While this book provides a helpful overview of the chronology of horror games, it lacks any real analysis of the genre and instead the author chooses to lavish his opinion with every adjective he could find in the thesaurus. If the author wished for the book to be a straightforward history he should have removed all personal bias. The writing itself is far too colloquial and the author makes no effort to explain information to the uninitiated - it assumes prior knowledge and quotes people without explaining who they are. As someone familiar with the area I got through the book no problem but anyone approaching horror games with no knowledge will be in for a few trips to Google and back for the book to make any sense.

Treated as a list of horror games, it's semi-decent. Treated as anything more, it has no merit whatsoever. Absolutely no books are referenced, no articles, no academic journals, no sale release data from game companies, no reviews - only a few websites, and even then with no specific linkage to the text. No fact is cited, and aside from the dates given for release everything written about each game should be taken as mere opinion, not fact. This essentially invalidates 98% of the book.

Halfway through, the editor seemed to give up proof reading as paragraphs jumped from one game to the next with no explanation, no context and no real overall "point". The entire book reads as a first draft of a sixth form student's essay. A shame really, because it could have been very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 31 July 2011
By eah42
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An enthusiastic and insightful retrospective of the genre, this provides a wealth of illuminating discussion for both the video game connoisseur and the relative newcomer alike. Guaranteed to have you rushing to the shops, digging out old classics, and spending hours on Youtube and other websites with the desire to learn more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative. 24 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Butler's enthusiasm for his subject matter is genuinely infectious and kept me reading page after page without stopping. This, self described, "potted guide" reveals Butler's depth of knowledge and his joy in sharing it using his sharp wit and enjoyable writing style. Even if you only have a remote interest in video games, I would highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best video games retrospectives I have ever read. 15 Dec 2011
By japiers - Published on
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I picked this up using the amazon lend program, but I will for sure buy it for multiple readings. You can tell the author cares deeply for the subject matter and that shines though when he writes about those hidden classics we may have forgotten over the years. Five stars all the way and I cant wait for his next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview 14 Jan 2013
By Jonathan - Published on
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Butler offers a good overview of the genre. However the thing holding the book back from five stars is the lack of focus as each chapter ends up jumping between around five games, more if we're talking about series.
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