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In extra lives acclaimed writer and life long video game enthusiast tom bissell takes the reader on an insightful and entertaining tour of the art and meaning of video games in just a few decades video games have grown increasingly complex and sophisticated and the companies that produce them are now among the most profitable in the entertainment industry. I read tom bissells extra lives why video games matter and pippin barrs how to play a video game in one long binge over waitangi weekend i realised at the end of the weekend that i had read the books in what would seem to be the wrong order bissells longer memoir first barrs slim primer second but i think this accident brought more depth to both. In his nonfiction work extra lives why video games matter 2010 tom bissell explores what video games teach us about human nature arguing that these games are becoming the most popular art form of our timewell regarded by critics and general readers the book received various award nominations bissell is a bestselling award winning journalist media critic and fiction writer