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.
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.