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Piranha Frenzy

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Video game journalist Kjersti Wong has just a few hours to complete the big review of summer blockbuster Satanic Realm 5 for her employer, big games website Piranha Frenzy. Kjersti's bosses, the game's fans and even her partner are pressuring her to deliver a high score. But there's something about this game that is deeply troubling. Her investigations and actions over the ...more
Paperback, 139 pages
Published February 10th 2014 by Seabright Books
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Eric Mesa
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: video-games
This is a book that either anticipates or was written in reaction to gamer-gate. I think wherever you fall on that is probably the biggest predictor of whether you are capable of liking this book. I'm not saying if you were on the side of the journalist that you will automatically think this was a good book, but if you weren't I find it hard to believe you'd like this book at all. A quick primer if you pay no attention to video games journalism or think pieces about the harassment of women onlin ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had to doublecheck the publication date on this book after reading it, just to make sure it wasn't written after GamerGate blew up. Because it manages to encapsulate some of the issues of that controversy, as well as any other number of games journalism issues, in a very relatable, readable way. There are no perfect characters here, only flawed people who are working together in a way that causes a massive reaction that directly affects all of them. It's utterly believable in the way it plays ...more
Michael Scott
+/- office drama as genre, good bc the topic is good, not good bc of old work-ethics conflict.
+++ new topic: computer-game journalism.
++ treatment of women in computer game industry an important part of the plot.
+ Description of media outlets, focusing on editor in chief, editor, reporter, podcaster, and a few other minor roles.
+++ Like the way the protagonist is both capable and humanly flawed. Realistic take.
+ Humorous.
+/- Decent writing, some hiccups, nothing really memorable.
-- Bori
Sandra Glenn
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Piranha Frenzy" struck me as being the videogame version of Sidney Lumet's "Network", with a pinch of noir. Speaking as someone who works in the videogame business the book felt very real, albeit with a few (very enjoyable) embellishments for the sake of drama. Campbell's prose is uncluttered and crisp, and his plotting was tight enough to keep me spellbound; I finished the book in two reading sessions.
Mark Paterson
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
A novel fictionalising the all too real foul rag-and-bone shop that is videogame reviewing. This was written well before the recent 'Gamergate' mess which did nobody any favours, but it all rings true.

It was fine. Short, predictable, but still very enjoyable to read in an afternoon on holiday accompanied by a cold drink served in a tall glass. Which I did.
Sep 14, 2014 rated it liked it
A little derivative and predictable, but oddly appropriate considering the current climate.
Mike Cornish
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The first book I've started and finished in one day. An unexpectedly exciting read.
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Colin Campbell is a video games journalist based in Santa Cruz, CA. He has worked for multiple games magazines and websites, serving as a writer, editor and publisher.

He is the recipient of the 2011 Games Media Legend Award and the 2012 Good Games Writer of the Year. Colin currently works as a senior reporter for Polygon.
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“If you give the game a good score, they’ll say you’re in the thrall of your evil beau, the flashy marketing big shot at Saturnine. And if you give it a shitty score...” “All hell breaks loose.” “In a manner of speaking.” 0 likes
“News is just stuff that happens. Reviews and previews are all based on PR schedules. Features is the only place where we can just say what we want. “It seems a shame to waste that by just rehashing the same stuff over and over again. It makes us look like shills, so it’s not surprising that we have employees who are leaking to hostile bloggers.” 0 likes
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