“In Extra Lives, acclaimed writer and life-long video game enthusiast Tom Bissell takes the reader on an insightful and entertaining tour of the art and meaning of video games.

“In just a few decades, video games have grown increasingly complex and sophisticated, and the companies that produce them are now among the most profitable in the entertainment industry. Yet few outside this world have thought deeply about how these games work, why they are so appealing, and what they are capable of artistically. Blending memoir, criticism, and first-rate reportage, Extra Lives is a milestone work about what might be the dominant popular art form of our time.” – Publisher

#GameStudies101 selection:


“Are Video Games a Massive Waste of Time?”. Farhad Manjoo. Slate. 10 Jun 2010. Web. 13 Jul 2015.

Extra Lives by Tom Bissell (review).” Rob Lockhart. Gamasutra Blogs. 2 Jun 2012. Web. 13 Jul 2015.

Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter (review).” Jason Killingsworth. Paste Magazine. 8 Jun 2010. Web. 13 Jul 2015.