Extra Lives

Why Video Games Matter

By Tom Bissell
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307474315, 242pp.)

Publication Date: June 14, 2011

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In "Extra Lives," acclaimed writer and life-long video game enthusiast Tom Bissell takes the reader on an insightful and entertaining tour of the art and meaning of video games.
In just a few decades, video games have grown increasingly complex and sophisticated, and the companies that produce them are now among the most profitable in the entertainment industry. Yet few outside this world have thought deeply about how these games work, why they are so appealing, and what they are capable of artistically. Blending memoir, criticism, and first-rate reportage, "Extra Lives "is a milestone work about what might be the dominant popular art form of our time.

About the Author
Tom Bissell is the author of several books, including "God Lives in St. Petersburg", "The Father of All Things", and "Extra Lives". He writes for multiple publications, including, "Harper's Magazine", "Slate", and "The New Republic". He also contributes to Grantland and "The New Yorker". Tom lives in Los Angeles, California.
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