By Tom Bissell
Tom Bissell is a prizewinning author who released 3 largely acclaimed books prior to the age of thirty-four. he's additionally an obsessive gamer who has spent untold hours in entrance of his a variety of online game consoles, enjoying titles akin to Far Cry 2, Left four lifeless, BioShock, and Oblivion for, actually, days. while you are studying this flap reproduction, an analogous factor can most likely be acknowledged of you, or of somebody you know.
Until lately, Bissell used to be a bit reluctant to confess to his ardour for video games. during this, he's not on my own. hundreds of thousands of adults spend hours a week enjoying games, and the itself now reliably outearns Hollywood. however the wider tradition turns out to treat games as, at most sensible, good designed if senseless entertainment.
Extra Lives is an impassioned security of this assailed and misunderstood paintings shape. Bissell argues that we're in a golden age of gaming—but he additionally believes video games can be even larger. He bargains a desirable and infrequently hilarious critique of the methods games dazzle and, simply as usually, frustrate. alongside the best way, we get firsthand photos of a few of the simplest minds (Jonathan Blow, Clint Hocking, Cliff Bleszinski, Peter Molyneux) at paintings in online game layout at the present time, in addition to a shattering and deeply relocating ultimate bankruptcy that describes, in searing aspect, Bissell’s descent into the area of Grand robbery vehicle IV, a video game whose topics reflect his personal more and more self-destructive compulsions.
Blending memoir, feedback, and first-class reportage, Extra Lives is like no different ebook at the topic ever released. no matter if you like games, detest games, or are in basic terms concerned with why they're turning into the dominant renowned paintings type of our time, Extra Lives is needed interpreting.