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Pete Etchells

Lost In A Good Game

Lost In A Good Game

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'Etchells writes eloquently ... A heartfelt defence of a demonised pastime' The Times 'Once in an age; a piece of culture comes along that feels like it was specifically created for you; the beats and words and ideas are there because it is your life the creator is describing. Lost In A Good Game is exactly that. It will touch your heart and mind. And even if Bowser; Chun-li or Q-Bert weren't crucial parts of your youth; this is a flawless victory for everyone' Adam Rutherford When Pete Etchells was 14; his father died from motor neurone disease. In order to cope; he immersed himself in a virtual world - first as an escape; but later to try to understand what had happened. Etchells is now a researcher into the psychological effects of video games; and was co-author on a recent paper explaining why WHO plans to classify 'game addiction' as a danger to public health are based on bad science and (he thinks) are a bad idea. In this; his first book; he journeys through the history and development of video games - from Turing's chess machine to mass multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft- via scientific study; to investigate the highs and lows of playing and get to the bottom of our relationship with games - why we do it; and what they really mean to us. At the same time; Lost in a Good Game is a very unusual memoir of a writer coming to terms with his grief via virtual worlds; as he tries to work out what area of popular culture we should classify games (a relatively new technology) under.

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