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on 14 August 2005
Trigger Happy is a must read for the interlectual gamer. Steve Poole brilliantly elaborates on the history and evolution of the games industry in to the art form it now is. Gaming culture, production styles and influences are all discussed in an often comical and always entertaining way, with knowledge only known by a true fan of the games industry. A book for somebody who knows what a good video game is and what goes into it.
on 17 January 2008
Trigger Happy is a good starter if you want to get into Game Studies academically. It's definitely a good read if you aren't using this book for academic purposes. Sadly, though, it lacks depth. It is more of a descriptive exercise that does not probe the theory of games very much. Do not expect to find critical theory here.
Also, on the history side, this book is a good introduction, but for those looking for an overview of the history of computer games, I would recommend Dungeons and Dreamers.