Tagged With simon parkin


Are video games bad for you? Could they even kill you? That's the kind of rhetoric we're accustomed to hearing from cable television, not from one of the best journalists and critics who writes about games. Simon Parkin's terrific new book, Death by Video Game, ends on just that note, however. "No, video games won't save you -- they might even kill you -- and the jury is still very much out as to whether they improve or imperil the world," Parkin writes in his book's final chapter.


I own a lot of books about video games. I paid almost $US125 for a used copy of Invasion of the Space Invaders, Martin Amis's out-of-print confessional/tips-and-tricks book about the arcade age. I recently bought another out-of-print book from the 1980s, David Sudnow's Pilgrim in the Microworld, which is a fascinating account of a pianist's obsession with Breakout. I'm a subscriber to the excellent Boss Fight Books series.