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The Formation of Gaming Culture

UK Gaming Magazines, 1981-1995

By (author) G. Kirkpatrick
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Imprint: Palgrave Pivot
Published: 13th Mar 2015
Dimensions: w 140mm h 216mm d 13mm
Weight: 342g
ISBN-10: 1137305096
ISBN-13: 9781137305091
Barcode No: 9781137305091
Synopsis
This book analyses gaming magazines published in Britain in the 1980s to provide the first serious history of the bedroom coding culture that produced some of the most important video games ever played.

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"In the well-known story, the computer game industry 'crashed' in 1982-1983. This important book tells us that this did not happen outside the US. Instead, the lively UK computer game scene continued unabated, and Kirkpatrick shows how it gave rise to both the language and attitudes of today's computer game culture." - Jesper Juul, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark



"This piece is unique. It finally enables us to understand how the notions of 'gamer' and 'gaming' became established. A future videogame history textbook.' - Veli-Matti Karhulahti, University of Turku, Finland