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Death by Video Game - Tales of Obsession from the Virtual Frontline

Death by Video Game - Tales of Obsession from the Virtual Frontline

Author: Simon Parkin
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Whether it's Space Invaders, Candy Crush Saga or Grand Theft Auto, video games draw us in and don't let go. In Taiwan, a spate of deaths at gaming cafes is raising a question: why is it that some of us are playing games beyond the limits of our physical wellbeing? Death by Video Game uncovers the real stories behind our video game obsession. Along the way, award-winning journalist Simon Parkin meets the players and game developers at the frontline of virtual extremism, including the New York surgeon attempting to break the Donkey Kong world record; the Minecraft player three years into an epic journey towards the edge of the game's vast virtual world and the German hacker who risked prison to discover the secrets behind Half-Life 2. Investigating the impact of video games on our lives, Death by Video Game will change the way we think about our virtual playgrounds.
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We play games to kill time. But what does it mean when games start killing us?

The finest book on video games yet. Simon Parkin thinks like a critic, conjures like a novelist, and writes like an artist at the height of his powers - which, in fact, he is. -- Tom Bissell, author of Extra Lives and God Lives in St. Petersburg Simon Parkin's surgical story-telling reveals the humanity, beauty and truth beneath the surface of our digital adventuring -- Jonathan Smith, Director of the National Videogame Arcade Death by Video Game is life by video games. Simon Parkin is gaming's Jon Ronson, and his book charts the extremes of the medium to try to answer the question why the hell do we all care about video games anyway?' -- Kieron Gillen, writer of Iron Man, Uncanny X-Men and The Wicked + The Divine, co-founder of Rock, Paper, Shotgun The best book about video games I've read since I wrote one -- Steven Poole, author of Trigger Happy One of the most effortless and masterly voices in video game writing New Statesman

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General Fields

  • : 9781781254219
  • : Profile Books Ltd
  • : Serpent's Tail
  • : July 2015
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : September 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Simon Parkin
  • : Paperback
  • : 288