Lost in a Good Game : Why we play video games and what they can do for us Paperback / softback
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/04/2019
- Category: Popular culture
- ISBN: 9781785784811