Virtual Ascendance: Video Games and the Remaking of Reality

From school lunchrooms to the White House press room, video games are an integral part of our popular culture, and the industry behind them touches all aspects of our lives, gamer and non gamer alike Business and entertainment, health and medicine, politics and war, social interaction and education, all fall under its influence Virtual Ascendance tells the story of a forFrom school lunchrooms to the White House press room, video games are an integral part of our popular culture, and the industry behind them touches all aspects of our lives, gamer and non gamer alike Business and entertainment, health and medicine, politics and war, social interaction and education, all fall under its influence Virtual Ascendance tells the story of a formerly fringe enterprise that, when few were paying attention, exploded into a multi billion dollar industry affecting the very way we live Griffiths paints a thorough and vivid picture of the video game industry, illuminating the various, and often bizarre, ways it s changing how we work, play and live He brings readers along on his own journey of discovery, from the back room of a small Irish pub where members of the second largest industry enclave meet each month, to a university clinic where the Wii is being used to treat Parkinson s sufferers and everywhere in between Virtual Ascendance is than just a story about video games, though It s the story of an awakening, of a realization that a childhood pastime has exploded into a thriving enterprise one rooted in entertainment but whose tendrils reach into virtually all aspects of life and society.
Virtual Ascendance Video Games and the Remaking of Reality From school lunchrooms to the White House press room video games are an integral part of our popular culture and the industry behind them touches all aspects of our lives gamer and non gamer alike

  • Title: Virtual Ascendance: Video Games and the Remaking of Reality
  • Author: Devin C. Griffiths
  • ISBN: 9781442216945
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Hardcover
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    About the Author

    Devin C. Griffiths

    Writing is in my blood I began creating stories for myself and anyone else who d read them in second grade When asked by my teachers to keep a journal, all my entries centered around a character undertaking some sort of adventure usually perilous And while my peers were learning to type using instruction books and teaching templates, I taught myself the keyboard by composing stories on my dad s manual typewriter, an old blue and white Smith Corona with faded keys At 15, I began writing professionally, and though the path has rarely been straight, I ve kept on it ever since.My first book, Virtual Ascendance Video Games and the Remaking of Reality, was recently published by Rowman Littlefield Publishers It s a non fiction book that explores the impact of games, game technology, and the video game industry on society, health, education, business, culture, and entertainment As books, once published, are static, I also maintain the blog Reality Evolved video games and the end of the world as we know it , which covers a variety of current events and evolving issues, and follows the constantly developing world of video games devingriffiths.wordpress.I ve also started work on my second book, which is a departure from the topic presented in Virtual Ascendance My second blog, A Symphony of Feathers Wanderings and rambles in the company of birds devincbirder.wordpress , provides a hint as to the subject.

    758 Comment

    • Carole said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 13:14 PM

      Really good book for the general public about the impact of video games. Written in very engaging way.

    • Russell Bradbury-carlin said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 13:14 PM

      Excellent book! A really good read. The author does a great job of illuminating elements of a burgeoning world that is rising up around us. If you think you aren't a gamer or that you can avoid the virtual world affecting your life, read this book. You'll be surprised to see how these new technologies are actually helpful, hopeful, and may be around you already. At the same time you'll find yourself nervous about aspects of the future you probably had not considered before.

    • Nina said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 13:14 PM

      Really fun, engaging and informative look at video gaming and it's impact on our world. If you like Mary Roach's kind of popular science books, I strongly suggest you check this out.

    • Phil Keeling said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 13:14 PM

      In every age of culture there have been those few stragglers who refuse to adapt and enjoy the microchip-infused fruits of the most recent generation's labor. From radio to television--from silent films to talkies--we put on our 20/20 nightvision goggles of retrospection and laugh at those people, pausing between heaving breaths to opine that the Xbox One is going to suck, not knowing that Microsoft's next-gen console will be eventually outfitted with nuclear-powered Godzilla mods designed by a [...]

    • Miriam Downey said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 13:14 PM

      Read my full review here: mimi-cyberlibrarian.c Devin Griffiths has written a comprehensive view of the state of video gaming from its beginnings to its many manifestations today and its Virtual Ascendance. Certainly gaming has moved from its Pong beginnings to its ubiquitous presence in most homes, but Griffiths also shows us the many ways that gaming has changed and will continue to change society. He says, “Gaming is fundamental to our experience as human beings, to our biology. Like the ne [...]

    • Seejy said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 13:14 PM

      Are you a gamer? Even as a light gamer like myself, I found that this book not only enhanced my knowledge about the gaming industry, but was also sufficiently enjoyable touching on the very basic human need for play. There were parts that ventured deep into the gaming world such that it ostracized non-hardcore gamers but thankfully, most of it proved to be engaging and informative.Read full review on my blog: seejy.wordpress/2013/09/25

    • Devin Griffiths said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 13:14 PM

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