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The Formation of Gaming Culture
UK Gaming Magazines, 1981-1995
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