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Death by Video Game: Danger, Pleasure, and Obsession on the Virtual Frontline

"The best ebook on games but. Simon Parkin thinks like a critic, conjures like a novelist, and writes like an artist on the top of his powers—which, in truth, he is." —Tom Bissell, writer of Extra Lives: Why games Matter

On January 31, 2012, a twenty-three-year-old pupil was once came upon lifeless at his keyboard in an online café whereas the online game he were taking part in for 3 days directly persisted to flash at the reveal in entrance of him.

attempting to reconstruct what had occurred that evening, investigative journalist Simon Parkin could realize that there were various different incidents of "death by means of video game." 

And so starts a trip that takes Parkin world wide looking for solutions: what's it approximately games that conjures up such large acts of persistence and obsession? Why will we so completely lose our feel of time and truth inside this medium? How on this planet can humans play them . . . to death?

In dying by means of Video Game, Parkin examines the clinical facts and talks to the specialists to figure out what should be occurring, and introduces us to the avid gamers and video game builders on the frontline of digital extremism: the hot York healthcare professional trying to holiday the Donkey Kong global checklist . . . the Minecraft participant 3 years into an epic trip towards the sting of the game's titanic digital global . . . the German hacker who risked legal to find the secrets and techniques in the back of Half-Life 2 . . .

Riveting and wildly enjoyable, Death through online game will swap the best way we expect approximately our digital playgrounds because it investigates what it's approximately them that regularly proves compelling, comforting, and impossible to resist to the human mind—except for while it’s now not.

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (The Complete Official Guide)

By James Price, Tony Gao

All major quests and aspect quests lined, with annotated maps providing instant solutions.

Special rewards, hidden dungeons, New video game+ bonuses, Trophies and Achievements—all at your fingertips!

The game‘s most intricate (and hidden!) platforms laid naked in an approachable but finished approach & research chapter.

All-encompassing Bestiary and stock chapters, with all info on each final monster and item.

Includes a 2-sided map poster masking the whole online game world.

Main quests, facet quests and not obligatory challenges—all streamlined for a hundred% final touch.

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Final Fantasy XII Signature Series Guide (Bradygames Signature Guides)

BradyGames’ Final delusion XII Signature sequence Guide contains the next:

  • a whole walkthrough of the complete game.
  • distinct region maps.
  • In-depth directory of things and equipment.
  • specialist boss ideas to defeat even the hardest boss.
  • vast bestiary.
  • Signature sequence advisor positive aspects bonus foldout and more!

Platform: PlayStation 2 style: Role-Playing GameThis product is accessible on the market in North the USA purely.

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The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World

By Steven L. Kent

Inside the video games You Grew Up with yet by no means Forgot
With the entire whiz, bang, pop, and shimmer of a gleaming arcade. The final background of Video Games unearths every little thing you ever desired to understand and extra in regards to the unforgettable video games that modified the area, the visionaries who made them, and the enthusiasts who performed them. From the arcade to tv and from the computer to the hand-held machine, games have entraced childrens at middle for almost 30 years. And writer and gaming historian Steven L. Kent has been there to list the rage from the very beginning.
This engrossing publication tells the fabulous story of ways this backroom novelty remodeled right into a cultural phenomenon. via meticulous learn and private interviews with hundreds of thousands of luminaries, you'll learn firsthand money owed of the way yesterday's video games like Space Invaders, Centipede, and Pac-Man helped create an arcade tradition that outlined a new release, and the way today's empires like Sony, Nintendo, and digital Arts have galvanized a multibillion-dollar and a brand new iteration of video games. within, you'll discover:
·The online game that stored Nintendo from financial ruin
·The serendipitous tale of Pac-Man's layout
·The misstep that helped topple Atari's $2 billion-a-year empire
·The coin scarcity brought on by Space Invaders
·The interesting purposes in the back of the increase, fall, and rebirth of Sega
·And even more!
Entertaining, addictive, and as enchanting because the video games it chronicles, this e-book is a must have for someone who's ever touched a joystick.

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Gears of War 3 Limited Edition (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames))

By Doug Walsh

BradyGames’ Gears of conflict three restricted variation contains the following:

THE ultimate CHAPTER

This restricted variation advisor to Gears of battle three is a must have for each fan. each one web page is full of confirmed concepts and highlighted with attractive art, making it a real collector’s piece. crowned off with a few cool extras, this consultant is the real better half to the game.

FREE electronic DOWNLOADS! Get unfastened, DOWNLOADABLE PDFs of the unique Gears of struggle and Gears of battle 2 respectable technique courses! simply input the codes published during this publication at www.bradygames.com.
SOUNDTRACK SAMPLER! take pleasure in quite a few TRACKS from the legit Gears of conflict three soundtrack. every one music can assist you relive numerous confrontations out of your crusade experience.
EXCLUSIVE GEARS comedian ebook CONTENT! Get a first-hand examine the following installment of the Gears of conflict comedian e-book sequence. This preview includes 12 pages from the impending comic!
FREE XBL industry process VIDEO! obtain a loose approach VIDEO from XBOX reside industry! Redeem the code present in this booklet and locate all of the hidden collectibles in Act I, courtesy of the BradyGames method Feed.

process consultant comprises:

Exhaustive crusade Coverage- presents entire assurance of each quarter and come across from begin to end. Plus, Four-Player Co-Op method included!
Every Collectible- locate the positioning of each COG Tag and collectible within the video game— they’re all revealed!
Comprehensive Maps- Our designated Multiplayer and Single-Player maps depict each region within the online game. We pinpoint challenge pursuits, guns and ammo, collectible destinations, and extra!
Expanded Multiplayer Content- struggle to the easiest of your skills with MP-specific weapon stats, pickup destinations, enemy spawn issues, and gametested innovations for each online game mode. strategies for teambased and solo play, too! Get the main out of the hot Beast, SP Arcade, and greater Horde modes!
And Don’t Forget... fulfillment directory unearths easy methods to succeed in a hundred% finishing touch. Indispensible weapon and enemy info and lots more and plenty extra!

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Nier Signature Series Guide (Bradygames Signature Guides)

By Doug Walsh

Whole Walkthrough: advisor Nier on his perilous quest to avoid wasting his daughter and therapy the Black Scrawl virus. stick with our technique to dispatch minions and large boss monsters.
Exclusive zone Maps: examine our specific maps to discover very important parts and goods in your trip via a harmful global.
Crafting, collecting, and Forging publications: examine the easiest how you can regulate your guns utilizing historic magic phrases and become aware of tips to go crops and domesticate your farm plot to create the simplest healing goods.
Full part Quest insurance: Your advisor to getting the main out of Nier; offers the knowledge to satisfy all the quests and facet missions that Nier can tackle for added cash and goods.

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The Proteus Paradox: How Online Games and Virtual Worlds Change Us—And How They Don't

By Nick Yee

Proteus, the legendary sea god who may adjust his visual appeal at will, embodies one of many supplies of on-line video games: the power to reinvent oneself. but population of digital worlds hardly do so liberty, video game researcher Nick Yee contends. even though on-line video games evoke freedom and escapism, Yee indicates that digital areas perpetuate social norms and stereotypes from the offline global, rework play into hard work, and encourage racial scapegoating and superstitious pondering. And the swap that does take place is usually out of our keep an eye on and effected by way of unparalleled—but hardly recognized—tools for controlling what avid gamers imagine and the way they behave.

Using participant surveys, mental experiments, and in-game facts, Yee breaks down misconceptions approximately who performs delusion video games and the level to which the net and offline worlds function individually. With a wealth of pleasing and provocative examples, he explains what digital worlds are approximately and why they topic, not just for leisure but additionally for company and schooling. He makes use of gaming as a lens during which to ascertain the urgent query of what it ability to be human in a electronic international. His thought-provoking publication is a call for participation to imagine extra deeply approximately digital worlds and what they divulge to us approximately ourselves.


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Hacks for Minecraft: Redstone: The Unofficial Guide to Tips and Tricks That Other Guides Won't Teach You

By Megan Miller

From the writer of Hacks for Minecrafters comes the main encompassing advisor ever to redstone on the earth of Minecraft!
With Hacks for Minecrafters: Redstone, young ones will study the fundamentals of manipulating redstone to make impressive gadgets, with transparent and illustrated causes of redstone energy and present, in addition to the best way to construct crucial redstone good judgment gates, loops, and circuits. Hacks for Minecrafters: Redstone also will show precisely tips to build a few vintage and loopy gadgets and machines, including:
Automatic doorways and furnaces
Hidden traps and staircases
TNT cannon
Automatic wheat or sugar-cane farm
Mob piston grinder
And a lot more!
Packed with professional information, cheats, and hacks on redstone and with over 100 screenshots, Hacks for Minecrafters: Redstone exhibits precisely how the specialists wield redstone strength and construct impressive gadgets. In Minecraft, the danger of assault is ever-present, and avid gamers have to make the most of each source to be had to them, specially redstone.

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Mass Effect 2: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides)

By Catherine Browne

• complete walkthroughs for each mission.
• specific maps created in particular for this advisor. absolutely classified to ensure you see it all!
• each detailed task particular so that you will not take a improper step.
• energy evolution bushes to make unstoppable heroes.
• whole planetary database that will help you mine components smarter no longer harder.
• Mass impression: Redemption comedian booklet preview!

Take the Mass impression 2 character Quiz www.http://www.primagames.com/features/mass-effect-2-quiz/ Find out which category most closely fits you!

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Armada: A novel by the author of Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

Zack Lightman has spent his lifestyles dreaming. Dreaming that the genuine international can be a little extra just like the numerous science-fiction books, videos, and videogames he’s spent his existence eating. Dreaming that in the future, a few extraordinary, world-altering occasion will shatter the monotony of his humdrum lifestyles and whisk him off on a few grand space-faring experience.
yet howdy, there’s not anything incorrect with a bit escapism, correct? in spite of everything, Zack tells himself, he is aware the variation among myth and truth. He is familiar with that right here within the actual international, aimless teenage players with anger matters don’t get selected to save lots of the universe.
after which he sees the flying saucer.
Even stranger, the flying saucers he’s observing is instantly out of the videogame he performs each evening, a highly renowned on-line flight simulator known as Armada—in which avid gamers simply take place to be retaining the earth from alien invaders.  
No, Zack hasn’t misplaced his brain. As very unlikely because it turns out, what he’s seeing is all too actual. And his skills—as good as these of hundreds of thousands of players around the world—are going to be had to store the earth from what’s approximately to befall it.
It’s Zack’s likelihood, ultimately, to play the hero. yet even during the terror and excitement, he can’t support considering again to all these science-fiction tales he grew up with, and considering: Doesn’t anything approximately this state of affairs appear a little…familiar?
instantly gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as basically Ernest Cline may well, Armada is a rollicking, brilliant mystery, a vintage coming of age event, and an alien invasion story like not anything you’ve ever learn before—one whose each web page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready participant One a phenomenon.

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