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Porn and Pong: How Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, and Other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture

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“A stimulating look at two of today’s most controversial subjects. . . . Sure to amaze and titillate anyone who’s ever hoisted a videogame controller.”—CNN Tech Correspondent Scott Steinberg

No book until Porn & Pong has explored how pornography and video games have influenced America’s sexual mores and technological compulsions on a massive scale.

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Paperback, 230 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Feral House
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David
May 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: games-computer
Whatever your opinion on the adult industry, it should be credited for having greatly advanced tech areas we all rely on (the web, digital cameras, home recording / web cams, distribution protocols, etc.). The book mentions that in 1979, 75% of VHS tapes sold in the US were hard-core films, since "the major Hollywood studios resisted the new medium" (yep, same old story). This helped VHS beat out Betamax (in part because Betamax didn't offer adult content).

I was already aware that Roberta Willi
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Ian
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
A really good book that examines how both porn and technology have changed our culture since the fifties and their perhaps unsurprising coming together starting in the later 1990s. A good book that succeeds in it's overall goal of examining the issue without getting too complex or espousing one specific viewpoint.

Unfortunately, it is a short book and the last chapter seems nothing more than a collection of observations, leading to the title ending on a whimper. Still a fascinating read but once
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Brian
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Not nearly what it claims to be about. If you're interested in a chronological history of sexual content in video games with a few mentions of contemporaneous cultural and pornographic events, then this is the book for you. If you were looking for a real assessment of how porn and video game sexual content have interacted with popular culture... well, look somewhere else. This book is heavy on the history and short on the analysis.
Katherine
Sep 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Really interesting and entertaining stuff... but I wanted more! It had kind of a breezy tone and skimmed over a lot of things that I would have liked to see more details about.
Michael Roop
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
I put this one in the philosophy self, cause video gaming is kind of a philosophical ideal; and this is kind of a break down of the history of sex in video games. If we think about it...sex can be very philosophical as well. I'm not here to argue semantics. I'm just pointing out why I thought it was a good idea to group this one into philosophy, even though I should know damn well and good it doesn't go there.
Enough about that though, lets get into this awesomeness of this book. This book is to
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Mjhancock
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Sensationalist cover and foreword aside, Brown's book treats its topic with a modicum of respect. He divides his discussion of pornography and videogames into three broad eras: the early era, where it was the concept of pornography in games that drove things more than any sort of realism; the growing public awareness heralded by Lara Croft, and what came after; and the GTA era, with public controversies and outcries alongside general acceptance. While the book isn't especially detailed, or in-de ...more
Travis Wagner
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Paints a far too broad narrative and one that seems unsure if it is condemning the subject of discussion or tepidly trying to defend it.
Katie
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, dh
Reads like a bunch of Wikipedia articles strung together. What it needs is some sort of critical perspective or argument--ANY argument.
Andreas
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting, but ultimately very referential to other works. A good starting point and the bibliography can be used as a reading list.
FJohn Rickert
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
A bit lighter than I expected. It is a good overview of the topic, but doesn't bring much new to the table.
Alex Bleach
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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OK book for anyone that knows nothing of the subject. This book is easy to read and other some good insight, but if you are a serious gamer I doubt you will learn anything new.
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