Fun Inc.
26%
off

Fun Inc. : Why games are the 21st Century's most serious business

3.39 (263 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day
When will my order arrive?

Description

'Tom Chatfield's Fun Inc. is the most elegant and comprehensive defence of the status of computer games in our culture I have read, as well as a helpful compendium of research ... The numbers surrounding the sector are certainly thudding. By the end of 2008, annual sales of video games - not including consoles or devices - was $40 billion, comfortably outstripping the movie business. In the same year, Nintendo's employees were more profitable per head than Google's. The sheer pervasiveness of game experience - 99 per cent of teenage boys and 94 per cent of teenage girls having played a video game - means that instant naffness falls upon those who express a musty disdain for the medium. In fact, as Fun Inc. elegantly explains, computer game-playing has a very strong claim to be one of the most vital test-beds for intellectual enquiry.' Independentshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 22mm | 181.44g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753519453
  • 9780753519455
  • 322,544

About Tom Chatfield

Tom Chatfield completed his doctorate at St John's College, Oxford, before moving to London to work as a full-time writer and editor. He is currently the arts and books editor at Prospect magazine.show more

Review quote

"A lively, thought-provoking and thoughtful read on an entertainment juggernaut many of us have failed to properly recognise. A good book, too, for parents, who might feel far more comfortably informed about a sector that can come across as - literally - an alien world their kids inhabit." * The Irish Times * "A detailed and engaging analysis on an increasingly influential medium. Even non-gamers may find themselves seduced." * Esquire * "Games are invading our downtime. They are becoming the dominant form of distraction, stealing thousands of hours from television. And they have, as Chatfield says, escaped from the gloom of the teenage bedroom." * The Sunday Times * "In exploring the potential of the medium, Chatfield covers much territory, briskly and with intent ... His conclusion on what the future could hold is in equal parts daunting and lip-smacking. It should be read by gamers and non-gamers alike." * Time Out * "Sparklingly intelligent and nuanced ... Fun Inc. is fresh and engaging" -- Steven Poole * Guardian *show more

Back cover copy

'The most elegant and comprehensive defence of the status of computer games in our culture I have read' Independent 'Games are invading our downtime ... And they have, as Chatfield says, escaped from the gloom of the teenage bedroom' The Sunday Times 'A thought-provoking read for those already won over to the delights of computer games, and an even more important introduction to them for those who remain sceptical' Observer 'Excellent' Evening Standard 'A lively, thought-provoking and thoughtful read on an entertainment juggernaut many of us have failed to properly recognise. A good book, too, for parents, who might feel far more comfortably informed about a sector that can come across as - literally - an alien world their kids inhabit' Irish Times 'Should be read by gamers and non-gamers alike' Time Outshow more

Review Text

"Sparklingly intelligent and nuanced ... Fun Inc. is fresh and engaging"show more

Rating details

263 ratings
3.39 out of 5 stars
5 10% (27)
4 34% (90)
3 42% (111)
2 12% (31)
1 2% (4)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X