Every day around the world millions of people enter virtual worlds through video games. These games are w the fastest-growing form of entertainment - and being played by people of all ages. International communities are coming together to play, have fun and share ideas - without ever meeting. How To Play A Video Game unlocks this amazing world, giving an insight into what makes video games so fascinating and entertaining to the people who play them. The author, a game player who has turned his passion into an academic career, explores the emotions involved in playing video games, the issues that surround them, and the future of the techlogy. With games w appearing on our phones and other mobile electronic devices, is everyone going to become a gamer? Will we become happier? Brainier? Or just much busier?
Pippin Barr has a PhD in Computer Science from Victoria University, Wellington and is a lecturer at IT University of Copenhagen's Center for Computer Game Research, teaching video game design and programming. His articles have appeared in major journals and he writes a popular media blog. He lives in Copenhagen with his wife and fellow gaming aficionado Rilla Khaled.