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Deep, philosophical - an important point omitted
on 26 February 2004
As an avid gamer from the early eighties I acquired this book on the pretence that it would give me a better understanding of my addiction. Firstly I must say that the book does exactly what it says, it presents an incredibly well researched study on the life of the video game and places itself as a great guide for any video game company wishing to understand their niche a little better. However, it is this word "Understanding" that I have such an issue with - quite simply, most of it I didn't understand! I consider myself clever, even academic and my vocabulary is above average but did this guy swallow the Encyclopedia Brittanica, Oxford English Dictionary and every book on Philosophy ever written? In his self-obsessed goal of stringing together his findings and opinions with as long a words as he can possibly muster, he has failed to achieve the most important part of writing a book i.e. keep the reader interested. I literally had to kick myself into finishing this book and many times fell asleep reading it. Occasionally I would read sentences or paragraphs out to my wife and she'd frown and say "What does that mean?" - well, my apologies for not having the vocabulary needed to enjoy this read but it just didn't work for me.