Possibilities for being entertained
March 21, 2009 Leave a comment
While I was playing TFC, Jim Rossignol was coaching players in Quake 3, another first-person shooter. He did it so obsessively that it cost him his job, which got him started on a career in gaming journalism. Today he’s an editor of the excellent PC gaming blog Rock, Paper, Shotgun, and has written a smart book about online gaming culture.
This Gaming Life is about the social aspect of computer games. Rossignol believes that games are a waste of time, and that’s a good thing. They prevent boredom, one of the major challenges of a leisure-based culture, and they give rise to interesting new forms of social interaction.
Rossignol writes about nationally televised Starcraft championships in South Korea, where gaming is part of the mainstream youth culture. We hear about corporate backstabbing in EVE Online, a space adventure MMORPG with its own functional economy, and about the mod community, where fans create their own variations of commercial games.
Unusually for a non-fiction book about a hypable cultural trend, Rossignol’s tone is that of a calm and reasoned essay, providing genuine insights into gaming culture. More of that!