From mobile phones to consoles, tablets and PCs, we are now a generation of gamers. The PlayStation Dreamworld is – to borrow a phrase from Slavoj Zizek – the pervert's guide to videogames. It argues that we can only understand the world of videogames via Lacanian dream analysis. It also argues that the Left needs to work inside this dreamspace – a powerful arena for constructing our desires – or else the dreamworld will fall entirely into the hands of dominant and reactionary forces. While cyberspace is increasingly dominated by corporate organization, gaming, at its most subversive, can nevertheless produce radical forms of enjoyment which threaten the capitalist norms that are created and endlessly repeated in our daily relationships with mobile phones, videogames, computers and other forms of technological entertainment. Far from being a book solely for dedicated gamers, this book dissects the structure of our relationships to all technological entertainment at a time when entertainment has become ubiquitous. We can no longer escape our fantasies but rather live inside their digital reality.
A vez da Sony Descubra cada detalhe da historia do sucesso esmagador do Playstation, desde a crise com a Nintendo até o domínio do mercado mundial de videogames, quando o console da Sony virou sinônimo de videogame. Conheça os grandes nomes por trás dessa jornada de conquistas, os acessórios clássicos e exóticos e viaje no tempo para relembrar 580 jogos saudosos.
In this helpful primer, an award-winning journalist and experienced gamer gives readers a survey of the field and a framework for thinking through the issues in order to make judgments about not only what is shown in games, but how it's shown, in what context, and what overall message is being delivered.
In this romp through the changing landscape of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American toys, games, hobbies, and amusements, senior historian of technology Carroll Pursell poses a simple but interesting question: What can we learn by studying the relationship between technology and play? From Playgrounds to PlayStation explores how play reflects and drives the evolution of American culture. Pursell engagingly examines the ways in which technology affects play and play shapes people. The objects that children (and adults) play with and play on, along with their games and the hobbies they pursue, can reinforce but also challenge gender roles and cultural norms. Inventors—who often talk about "playing" at their work, as if motivated by the pure fun of invention—have used new materials and technologies to reshape sports and gameplay, sometimes even crafting new, extreme forms of recreation, but always responding to popular demand. Drawing from a range of sources, including scholarly monographs, patent records, newspapers, and popular and technical journals, the book covers numerous modes and sites of play. Pursell touches on the safety-conscious playground reform movement, the dazzling mechanical innovations that gave rise to commercial amusement parks, and the media’s colorful promotion of toys, pastimes, and sporting events. Along the way, he shows readers how technology enables the forms, equipment, and devices of play to evolve constantly, both reflecting consumer choices and driving innovators and manufacturers to promote toys that involve entirely new kinds of play—from LEGOs and skateboards to beading kits and videogames.
Boys' Life is the official youth magazine for the Boy Scouts of America. Published since 1911, it contains a proven mix of news, nature, sports, history, fiction, science, comics, and Scouting.
Trapped in a Video Game
Author: Dustin Brady
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Jesse Rigsby hates video games—and for good reason. You see, a video game character is trying to kill him. After getting sucked in the new game Full Blast with his friend Eric, Jesse starts to see the appeal of vaporizing man-size praying mantis while cruising around by jet pack. But pretty soon, a mysterious figure begins following Eric and Jesse, and they discover they can't leave the game. If they don't figure out what's going on fast, they'll be trapped for good!
From the global authority in record-breaking comes the 11th edition of the world’s best-selling videogames annual. Packed with the latest records, coolest stars and the biggest games, the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition is the go-to bible for every gaming fan. Just ask the five million readers who’ve made it an international sensation! Inside you’ll find amazing stats, thrilling facts, inspirational tales, lightning-quick speed-runs and dazzling photos. Read about the records behind your favorite games including Mario, Overwatch, FIFA, WWE and Rocket League, plus recap on a year of crazy Pokémon GO stories. Go behind the scenes of the world’s longest-running eSports organizer. Spook yourself silly with real-life videogame mysteries. Check out the fastest videogame completions. And gaze in envy at the world’s largest Zelda and Tomb Raider collections! You’ll also meet gaming heroes such as the world’s oldest games YouTuber at 81, a man with a real-life cyborg arm that was inspired by Deus Ex, and the kingpin of eSports fighting games. But the videogame stars don’t get much bigger than DanTDM, whose Minecraft channel has been watched nearly 10 billion times! So we’re thrilled he’s written a special intro just for the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition. Speaking of heroes...grab your cape and turn to this year’s special chapter featuring superhero games. It hard to believe it’s been nearly 40 years since Superman first exploded onto our consoles! So, we’re celebrating with your favorite costumed crime-battlers. From Spider-Man’s web-crawling to Batman’s gadgetry, they’re just as powerful in pixels as they are in the movies. So, whether you want to know who scored the fastest goal in FIFA or achieved the fastest speed-run of Final Fantasy XV, or just want to see the world’s biggest Game Boy, this is the book for you!
My Life as a Gamer
Author: Janet Tashjian
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Derek Fallon gets the chance of a lifetime—to participate in a gaming company focus group and to test out a new video game called "Arctic Ninja." Together with his friends Carly, Matt, and Umberto, Derek thinks his gaming talents will be showcased. But he soon realizes that everyone has got him beat, including whiz kid El Cid. On top of that, school reading tests have begun and Derek feels doubly off his game. Isn't there anything he's good at?
Opening the XBox
Author: Dean Takahashi
Publisher: Prima Lifestyles
"In Opening the Xbox, journalist and gaming-industry expert Dean Takahashi guides you deep into the story of this much-anticipated game console. Through exclusive interviews with top executives at Microsoft, exhaustive research, and a penetrating investigation, he unveils the story behind the development of the project and how it could change the entertainment industry forever."--BOOK JACKET.
A guide to smart consumer decision-making takes on the myriad of choices available in the digital market, rating desktops, PDAs, monitors, scanners, camcorders, digital cameras, MP3s, and other chip-driven technology.
This updated guide for 2003 will help readers shop smart with ratings of desktops, laptops, PDAs, monitors, printers, scanners, camcorders, digital cameras, CD players/recorders, MP3 players, cell phones and more.
With its Internet port, DVD player, and computing muscle -- not to mention its next-generation graphics -- Sony Playstation 2 is today's hottest entertainment platform. Written by the experts at GamePro magazine, this friendly guide shows you how to have more fun with Playstation 2, from the inside scoop on gaming techniques and video applications to a game directory complete with tips, tricks, and cheats.
Author: Rand Miller, Robyn Miller, David Wingrove
A fantasy novel based on a CD-ROM computer game of the same title, which holds the key to the game but which can stand independently as a novel in its own right.