Monday, March 26, 2012

YA book blog: Game Boys

Cover: Game Boys
Cover: Game Boys

New York Post entertainment features writer Michael Kane takes an investigative look at the world of competitive computer gaming: profiling top teams and the financial interests that have a stake in player tournaments in Game Boys: Professional Videogaming's Rise from the Basement to the Big Time (New York: Viking, 2008).

I think this book would be of interest, particularly among teen boys who enjoy playing first-person shooter or Massive-Multiplayer-Online-Role-Playing-Games.

(While the author concedes that some "gamer guys" are actually girls, he identifies elite-level players as young men in their early 20s).

 Kane admits that when he originally set out to cover computer gaming, he assumed that he would play it for laughs. Instead, "what I saw turned my cynicism into appreciation ... In gaming, I found a microcosm of all that's good -- and most of what's bad -- about modern sports."

The book is fast paced and is presented as a struggle between two top teams. I think the subject would appeal to teens, particularly to the gamers among them.

Originally submitted to a class discussion board for Cuesta College LIBT 118: Connecting Adolescents with Literature and Libraries.

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