Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Free book!

Still much missed from the pages of Edge, Scrivener fan and Kindle critic Stephen Poole has responded to Amazon’s nutty digi-book service by offering his own book, Trigger Happy: The Inner Life of Video Games as a free PDF on his blog.

In his own write:

Trigger Happy is a book about the aesthetics of videogames — what they share with cinema, the history of painting, or literature; and what makes them different, in terms of form, psychology and semiotics. It was first published in 2000; this is the revised edition with the Afterword written in 2001. It’s offered under a CC license, for a limited time only. I’m not sure how limited that time will be, so grab it while it’s hot.

I read the book about five years ago, and it totally transformed the way I look at video games. It really is as good a piece of games journalism as you’ll find, and you’d be a huge wally not to grab it while you can.

A complete archive of Poole’s Edge columns is also available at his site. Read, read, read.

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