Elsewhere: “In Search of a Meaningful Video Game: A Review of Tom Bissell’s ‘Extra Lives’” on Ruelle Electrique


Tom Bissell's eye-opening collection of essays on video gaming is a must-read for lovers of video games like Jonathan Blow's indie platformer, Braid.

Rating:  ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

If you’ve been reading enough of my posts, you’ll know how much of a devoté I am of video games. You’d also probably be well aware of my frustration with the form, which despite its great technological achievements is largely still in a very inchoate form. In an article I wrote for Ruelle Electrique, I review Tom Bissell’s “Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter,” a collection of essays that shows how video games can rival the import of other artistic forms by providing uniquely meaningful experiences to players. Hop on over to the Ruelle to find out how Bissell’s book, which is chock full of references to games such as Fallout 3, Resident Evil, Mass Effect, and Grand Theft Auto (among many others), can be a meaningful experience in itself.

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