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Lost in a Good Game by Pete Etchells

Lost in a Good Game

Why we play video games and what they can do for us

Pete Etchells

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Imprint: Icon Books Ltd
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
Publication date: 4 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9781785784811

An exploration of the psychological effects - the pleasures, benefits and disbenefits - of computer games.

3 stars out of 5
13 Apr 2019

"a heartfelt defence of a demonised pastime"

If you’re anti-video game, you could dismiss Etchells’s anecdotal evidence as frippery. Sure they’re fun, but what damage are they doing? Research into the benefits of video games feels long overdue. “Nothing is going to change if the kind of discussions that take place on this topic do nothing but devolve into vitriolic ill-informed arguments about how video games turn children’s brains to mush. We can do better than this,” he argues. Etchells fills his book with his love for video games, although readers will most likely come away relieved that Call of Duty isn’t — probably — turning their child into a murderer.