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Extra Lives by Tom Bissell
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May 24, 2011

it was amazing
Read in November, 2010

After I read this, I borrowed someone's xBox and tried to play a bunch of first-person shooter games. I've always loved video games, and I appreciate the points that Bissell makes about the ways that gaming can impact individual and collective experience and the ways that video games push traditional narrative structures (and could, really, push the envelope even further). After reading this book, I wanted to play every crazy zombie, mafia, alien shooter game I could find. Unfortunately, as it turns out, I am not good at first-person shooters, and they turn me into a anxious, confused mess. In case you're wondering, if I'm ever sent to war, there's a good chance I will accidentally shoot my platoon leader, and when the zombie-pocalypse happens, you should probably just prepare to cut my head off with a vinyl record before I try and eat your brains. Don't let my ineptitude sway you, though, this book is still awesome.

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