Synopses & Reviews
"This slim volume will be an eye-opener for anyone wanting to understand the world of gaming from a sociological viewpoint. Griffiths is quick to both acknowledge and dispel cultural clichés surrounding gamers, and in a sense, this is the key to the book. While providing a concise popular history of computer and console gaming, the author demonstrates that gamers and gaming are pervasive in contemporary society — to an extent that few are aware of. He points to the money generated by the industry, to its emerging champion players, and to its prominence in all forms of media. This book should be required reading for legislators as they grapple with violence and attempt to link it to video gaming, if only to force them to look at the phenomenon in its entirety. It is an excellent primer on video gaming and its present place in culture. Summing Up: Essential. All readers."
W. H. Harris, formerly, University of Texas at Brownsville, Choice magazine