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Gamelife (Hardcover) (Michael W. Clune)

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You have been awakened.

Floppy disk inserted, computer turned on, a whirring, and then this sentence, followed by a blinking cursor. So beginsSuspended, the first computer game to obsess seven-year-old Michael, to worm into his head and change his sense of reality. Thirty years later he will write: "Computer games have taught me the things you can't learn from people."Gamelife is the memoir of a childhood transformed by technology. Afternoons spent gazing at pixelated maps and mazes train Michael's eyes for the uncanny side of 1980s suburban Illinois. A game about pirates yields clues to the drama of cafeteria politics and locker-room hazing. And in the year of his parents' divorce, a spaceflight simulator opens a hole in reality.In telling the story of his youth through seven computer games, Michael W. Clune captures the part of childhood we live alone.

A boyhood and adolescence told through the lens of seven primitive computer games

?You have been awakened.?
Floppy disk inserted, computer turned on, a whirring, and then this sentence followed by a blinking cursor. So begins Suspended, the first computer game to obsess seven-year-old Michael, to worm into his head and change his sense of reality. Thirty years later he will write: ?Computer games have taught me the things you can?t learn from people.?
Michael Clune?s Gamelife is a sui generis memoir. It captures the essential strangeness of childhood, when the world is still revealing itself. It describes cafeteria politics, locker-room hazing, and divorce with a sharpness that will leave you laughing and squirming. It re-creates a place?1980s suburban Illinois, John Hughes movie territory?in all its quotidian glory. And it explores, like nothing before it, how the ephemeral worlds of video games gave shape to a boy?s days.

Number of Pages: 211.0
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Games
Sub-Genre: Literary, Video + Electronic
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Author: Michael W. Clune
Language: English
Street Date: September 15, 2015
TCIN: 18849160
UPC: 9780865478282
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-2408

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