“An ambitious overview of the videogaming industry, from its beginning to today’s immersive online games.”—Wall Street JournalDespite the recession, video games continue to break records—and command unprecedented amounts of media coverage. The U.S. is the world’s biggest video games market and manufacturer, with a market now worth over $20 billion annually in software and hardware sales—more than quadruple its size in the mid 1990s. World of Warcraft now boasts over 11 million players worldwide, and over $1 billion per year in revenues. Gaming is flourishing as a career and a creative industry as well. 254 U.S. colleges and universities in 37 states now offer courses and degrees in computer and video game design, programming and art. Video games are increasingly for everyone: 68% of American households now play computer or video games, while the average game player is 35 years old and has been playing games for twelve years.
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In "Fun Inc.," Tom Chatfield presents an ambitious overview of the videogaming industry, from its beginning...Mr. Chatfield's attempts to separate the uplifting from the degrading, though understandable, sets up a false dichotomy. The key question for videogamers is whether a game is compelling—not whether its content is moral or immoral.Read Full Review of Fun Inc.: Why Gaming Will Dom... | See more reviews from WSJ online
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