Extra Lives

Why Video Games Matter
Author: Tom Bissell
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307379280
Category: Social Science
Page: 208
View: 2309
Tom Bissell is a prizewinning writer who published three widely acclaimed books before the age of thirty-four. He is also an obsessive gamer who has spent untold hours in front of his various video game consoles, playing titles such as Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead, BioShock, and Oblivion for, literally, days. If you are reading this flap copy, the same thing can probably be said of you, or of someone you know. Until recently, Bissell was somewhat reluctant to admit to his passion for games. In this, he is not alone. Millions of adults spend hours every week playing video games, and the industry itself now reliably outearns Hollywood. But the wider culture seems to regard video games as, at best, well designed if mindless entertainment. Extra Lives is an impassioned defense of this assailed and misunderstood art form. Bissell argues that we are in a golden age of gaming—but he also believes games could be even better. He offers a fascinating and often hilarious critique of the ways video games dazzle and, just as often, frustrate. Along the way, we get firsthand portraits of some of the best minds (Jonathan Blow, Clint Hocking, Cliff Bleszinski, Peter Molyneux) at work in video game design today, as well as a shattering and deeply moving final chapter that describes, in searing detail, Bissell’s descent into the world of Grand Theft Auto IV, a game whose themes mirror his own increasingly self-destructive compulsions. Blending memoir, criticism, and first-rate reportage, Extra Lives is like no other book on the subject ever published. Whether you love video games, loathe video games, or are merely curious about why they are becoming the dominant popular art form of our time, Extra Lives is required reading. From the Hardcover edition.

Fuck Yeah, Video Games

The Life and Extra Lives of a Professional Nerd
Author: Daniel Hardcastle
Publisher: Unbound Publishing
ISBN: 1783527897
Category: Games & Activities
Page: N.A
View: 4075
As Daniel Hardcastle careers towards thirty, he looks back on what has really made him happy in life: the friends, the romances... the video games. Told through encounters with the most remarkable – and the most mind-boggling – games of the last thirty-odd years, Fuck Yeah, Video Games is also a love letter to the greatest hobby in the world. From God of War to Tomb Raider, Pokémon to The Sims, Daniel relives each game with countless in-jokes, obscure references and his signature wit, as well as intricate, original illustrations by Rebecca Maughan. Alongside this march of merriment are chapters dedicated to the hardware behind the games: a veritable history of Sony, Nintendo, Sega and Atari consoles. Joyous, absurd, personal and at times sweary, Daniel's memoir is a celebration of the sheer brilliance of video games.

Reasons and Persons

Author: Derek Parfit
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191622443
Category: Philosophy
Page: 560
View: 9239
This book challenges, with several powerful arguments, some of our deepest beliefs about rationality, morality, and personal identity. The author claims that we have a false view of our own nature; that it is often rational to act against our own best interests; that most of us have moral views that are directly self-defeating; and that, when we consider future generations the conclusions will often be disturbing. He concludes that moral non-religious moral philosophy is a young subject, with a promising but unpredictable future.


Author: Larry S. Temkin
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199772185
Category: Philosophy
Page: 368
View: 6216
Equality has long been among the most potent of human ideals and it continues to play a prominent role in political argument. Views about equality inform much of the debate about wide-ranging issues such as racism, sexism, obligations to the poor or handicapped, relations between developed and developing countries, and the justification of competing political, economic, and ideological systems. Temkin begins his illuminating examination with a simple question: when is one situation worse than another regarding inequality? In exploring this question, a new approach to understanding inequality emerges. Temkin goes against the common view that inequality is simple and holistic and argues instead that it is complex, individualistic, and essentially comparative. He presents a new way of thinking about equality and inequality that challenges the assumptions of philosophers, welfare economists, and others, and has significant and far-reaching implications on a practical as well as a theoretical level.

Social, Casual and Mobile Games

The Changing Gaming Landscape
Author: Michele Willson,Tama Leaver
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1501310585
Category: Games & Activities
Page: 288
View: 8411
Social, casual and mobile games, played on devices such as smartphones, tablets, or PCs and accessed through online social networks, have become extremely popular, and are changing the ways in which games are designed, understood, and played. These games have sparked a revolution as more people from a broader demographic than ever play games, shifting the stereotype of gaming away from that of hardcore, dedicated play to that of activities that fit into everyday life. Social, Casual and Mobile Games explores the rapidly changing gaming landscape and discusses the ludic, methodological, theoretical, economic, social and cultural challenges that these changes invoke. With chapters discussing locative games, the new freemium economic model, and gamer demographics, as well as close studies of specific games (including Candy Crush Saga, Angry Birds, and Ingress), this collection offers an insight into the changing nature of games and the impact that mobile media is having upon individuals and societies around the world.

How Far Down Dare I Drink?

Promises Greater Than Dreams
Author: Horton Davies
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630878529
Category: Religion
Page: 204
View: 6251
This volume of sermons reflects Davies' imaginary qualities as he puts himself in the shoes of both biblical characters and the members of his congregation, using Christological exegesis and his love of art to produce compassionate, credible, and relevant sermons.

Pet Rescue Saga (Unlimited Lives/Boosters) Android GUİDE

Author: GUIDE / Cheats / Tips/
Page: N.A
View: 481
Download Pet Rescue Saga v1.35.3 (Unlimited Lives/Boosters) Android Pet Rescue Saga v1.35.3 (Unlimited Lives/Boosters) Requirements: 2.2+ Overview: Pet Rescue Saga Description Can you bust through matching blocks to save the Pets from the evil Snatchers? Loads of tricky and challenging levels of puzzle excitement await in this amazing adventure. Our first exciting mobile release features 72 mind-boggling levels! We’re working hard to bring you tons of great features & levels in our next release. Please note Pet Rescue Saga is completely free to play but some in-game items such as extra moves or lives will require payment. You can turn-off the payment feature by disabling in-app purchases in your device’s settings. The Pets are desperate to be rescued! Please help now! ———————————————- Pet Rescue Saga features: • A fantastic world alive with animals and wonders • Quick to learn, with hours of fun challenges • Eye-catching and colorful gameplay • Puppies, bunnies, piglets and many more lovable pets! • Spectacular boosters and bonus rewards • Diamonds, bombs, animal cages, locks & keys and more challenges await • An exciting leaderboard for you and your friends • Seamless synchronization with the Facebook version What’s New The Pets are back with a new update! Which includes: • A brand new episode, Frozen Fortress!‪ The Pets have braved the blizzard to finally reach a magnificent ice castle where great secrets are buried deep under ice… With these 15 NEW LEVELS, it means there are now 822 LEVELS of fun for you to enjoy!‬‬‬‬ Fun fact! Ron the squirrel loves magic tricks! You will see him hanging around with card decks and colorful scarves. Name of Cheat(s): Unlimited lives. Unlimited boosters (u need to have at least one). No more time for mystery quests. Instruction(s): Uninstall playstore version of Pet Rescue Saga Download modded apk Uninstall / freeze Facebook (If not using Facebook, skip this step) Install the modded apk, and connect to Facebook. (Connecting to facebook isn’t mandatory) Enjoy! Credits to: M. Salah More Info:

Journal of the Institute of Actuaries

Author: Institute of Actuaries (Great Britain)
Publisher: N.A
Category: Insurance
Page: N.A
View: 1510
List of members issued with v. 35-46 with separate paging.

Cardiology E-Book

Author: Michael H. Crawford,John P. DiMarco,Walter J. Paulus
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 0723436444
Category: Medical
Page: 1984
View: 8415
With your heavy case load, you can't afford to waste time searching for answers. Cardiology, 3rd Edition, by Drs. Crawford, DiMarco, and Paulus, offers you just the practical, problem-based guidance you need to quickly overcome any clinical challenge. 8 color-coded sections cover the 8 major clinical syndromes of cardiovascular disease—each section a virtual "mini textbook" on its topic! 40 new chapters keep you up to date with the latest advances in the field, while more than 2,000 lavish, high-quality illustrations, color photographs, tables, and ECGs capture clinical manifestations as they present in practice. It’s current, actionable information that you can put to work immediately for your patients! Offers a problem-based approach that integrates basic science, diagnostic investigations, and therapeutic management in one place for each cardiovascular disease so you can quickly find all of the actionable knowledge you need without flipping from one section to another. Features introductory bulleted highlights in each chapter that present the most pertinent information at a glance. Presents abundant algorithms to expedite clinical decision making. Includes more than 2,000 lavish, high-quality illustrations, color photographs, tables, and ECGs that capture clinical manifestations as they present in practice, and promote readability and retention. Includes 40 new chapters including Inherited Arrhythmia Syndromes, Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy in CHD, Management of the Cyanotic Patient with CHD, Special Problems for the Cardiology Consultant Dealing with Bariatric/Gastric Bypass — and many more — that equip you with all of the latest knowledge. Presents "Special Problem" sections—many new to this edition—that provide practical advice on problems that can be difficult to treat.

Perspectives on Framing

Author: Gideon Keren
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 1136988653
Category: Psychology
Page: 344
View: 6324
A major characteristic of any natural language is that the same communication, idea, or intention can be articulated in different ways—in other words, the same message can be "framed" differently. In this book, contributors from a variety of disciplines come together to better understand the mechanisms underlying framing effects and assess their impact on the communication process.

It's a Dog's Life...but It's Your Carpet

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Four-Legged Friend
Author: Dr. Justine Lee
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 9780307409959
Category: Pets
Page: 272
View: 7071
Why does my dog lick his balls? Admit it; you’ve always wanted to know. Well, finally there’s a professional out there who’s not too embarrassed to answer–bone-fide veterinarian, critical-care specialist, and dog lover Dr. Justine A. Lee. It’s a Dog’s Life . . . but It’s Your Carpet takes you behind the scenes to look at the training and off-the-record opinions of a certified vet, and answers all the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about your dog, including: Is a dog's nose a good indicator of his health? Can a Chihuahua and a Great Dane mate? Why do dogs eat their own poop? What's the smartest breed? Can I get my dog's ears pierced? Why does my dog roll around in rotting feces? If I mix food coloring with Fluffy's kibble, will it make her poop easier to find in the yard? Written by one of two hundred veterinary board-certified emergency critical-care specialists in the world, It’s a Dog’s Life . . . but It’s Your Carpet offers factual and funny answers to some of the most common, offbeat questions about our beloved companions. Whether you’re looking for advice on pet rearing, solutions to your dog's most frustrating habits, explanations of his weirdest quirks, or simply a good laugh, this book is sure to inform–and entertain–dog lovers of every breed. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Long Live the Dead

Smashing Detective Stories
Author: Hugh B. Cave,Keith Alan Deutsch
Publisher: Overamstel Uitgevers
ISBN: 9049980597
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 2420
Ten stories of murder and suspense from one of the all-time masters of pulp fiction An addled ex-boxer named Tiny Tim ambles out of the shadows and complains to a beat cop that he is being followed. The officer laughs him off; everyone knows that Tiny Tim has heard footsteps behind him for years. But a few minutes later, Tim is spotted in a pool of blood, dead at the bottom of the subway steps. After years of running, the imagined footsteps have caught up to him at last. This brisk tale of deception and murder is but one of the stories in this collection from Hugh B. Cave, a master of pulp fiction whose career spanned seventy-five years. Along with Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Cave was one of the defining authors of Black Mask magazine, and these stories are perfect examples of what set that pulp apart. Hard-boiled, fast-paced, and witty, the tales of Long Live the Dead are just as captivating now as they were on the newsstand many decades ago.

Learning LibGDX Game Development - Second Edition

Author: Suryakumar Balakrishnan Nair,Andreas Oehlke
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1783554789
Category: Computers
Page: 478
View: 5820
This book is aimed at indie and existing game developers as well as those who want to get started with game development using LibGDX. Basic knowledge of Java programming and game development is required.

Mission Life; Or Home and Foreign Church Work

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Missions
Page: N.A
View: 5033

Setting Priorities for HIV/AIDS Interventions

A Cost-Benefit Approach
Author: Robert J. Brent
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 184980513X
Category: Medical
Page: 240
View: 6600
Professor Brent s book is a superlative addition to the HIV/AIDS policy literature. Both non-specialists and specialists in policy evaluation will benefit from the lucid exposition of cost benefit analysis (CBA) methods applied to the most critical and far-reaching problem that challenges social institutions and individual behavior. Essentially, Professor Brent has taken his vast experience in cost benefit analysis, and on the ground African research, to apply CBA in a compelling and insightful manner. This book re-examines HIV/AIDS policy in Sub-Saharan countries where the devastation is an infection tsunami. . . Finding what actually works may be difficult, but Professor Brent argues persuasively that using a CBA framework is the best approach. William S. Cartwright, George Mason University, US HIV/AIDS is much too complex a phenomenon to be understood only by reference to common sense and ethical codes. This book presents the cost benefit analysis (CBA) framework in a well-researched and accessible manner to ensure that the most important considerations are recognized and incorporated. This book argues that HIV/AIDS policies need to be evidence based and that CBA is the best way to assemble and summarize the evidence. The work explains why CBA is needed and highlights a number of myths, misinformation and counterintuitive results in the field, and critiques the Millennium Development Goals approach. It also presents HIV/AIDS as a hunger issue in sub-Saharan Africa and as a sexual transmission problem in the US. The roles of nutrition, income, education, religion, agricultural policy, concurrency and sexual networks are all examined. Robert Brent explains the main cost benefit methods and applications, including threshold analysis, willingness to pay, cost minimization, cost-effectiveness, human capital theory and the value of a statistical life. Applications cover female education, possible vaccines, condoms, and various forms of treatment. He concludes by explaining how CBA incorporates social considerations such as equity. With timely and controversial discussions, this book will be read with interest by AIDS activists, NGO members, policy-makers and public officials, as well as being accessible to non-economists interested in the subject of HIV/AIDS.

Scarlett - Die Liebe hat Augen wie Eis, der Tod hat Augen wie Feuer

Author: Barbara Baraldi
ISBN: 3838711483
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 429
View: 5007
Eine neue Stadt, eine neue Schule ... Die 16-jährige Scarlett ist nicht begeistert von diesen Aussichten. Doch zu ihrer eigenen Überraschung findet sie schnell Freunde, mit denen sie auch auf das Schulkonzert geht, das Ereignis des Jahres! Denn dort tritt die Band "Dead Stones" auf. Als der Bassist die Bühne betritt und sie in seine eisblauen Augen blickt, die sie aus der Menge geradezu herausgesucht zu haben scheinen, ist es um sie geschehen. Doch ein Freund warnt sie vor diesem geheimnisvolllen Mikael und seiner Band. Ein Mord und ein Wesen mit feuerigen Augen kommen dazwischen - und unvermittelt verschmelzen Liebe, Tod und Angst miteinander ...

The Vespasiano Memoirs

Lives of Illustrious Men of the XVth Century
Author: Vespasiano (da Bisticci),Vespasiano Da Basticci,William George Waters,Renaissance Society of America
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802079688
Category: History
Page: 475
View: 630
The memoirs of a Florentine bookseller, Vespasiano da Basticci (b. 1421), who was the most celebrated dealer of books and manuscripts of his generation. His shop become a meeting place for distinguished and learned individuals of his time.

Descent Series

Author: N.A
Publisher: PediaPress
Page: N.A
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Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
Publisher: Orb Books
ISBN: 1466862203
Category: Fiction
Page: 288
View: 4184
On the North Pole of Pluto there stands an enigma: a huge circle of standing blocks of ice, built on the pattern of Earth's Stonehenge--but ten times the size, standing alone at the farthest reaches of the Solar System. What is it? Who came there to build it? In Kim Stanley Robinson's Icehenge, the secret lies, perhaps, in the chaotic decades of the Martian Revolution, in the lost memories of those who have lived for centuries. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Managing Life Insurance

Publisher: PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN: 9788120335318
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 724
View: 3750
With the liberalization of the Indian economy, the insurance sector has opened up, and a lot of new players, both multinationals and Indian companies with foreign collaboration, have entered this arena realizing the vast potential in life insurance. A basic knowledge of life insurance has therefore become essential for the students opting for this course as well as for the practitioners. With this view in mind, Dr. Kutty gives in this text a masterly analysis and a holistic view of every dimension of life insurance management in the sequence of 6Ps—purpose, principles, purchase, products, process and people, in an easy to understand language. He strives to demystify the complex world of life insurance and present its fundamentals to all the readers. Based on the author’s rich experience in insurance sector over the two decades, the text provides new research insights in the areas such as product comparisons, e.g. portfolio approach to purchase of life insurance. It covers the actuarial dimensions of life insurance, with the minimum use of mathematics. Besides, the text discusses in detail the two core operations of an insurance company—underwriting and claims. The hallmark of this book is its attempt to transform the way marketing and operations in life insurance are approached and its sure guidance on how a professional should approach and manage sales, service, process and people. Key Features  Separate chapters are devoted to topics such as general insurance, risk management, underwriting, claims and financial management.  The nature of contracts in general and life insurance contracts in particular is explained.  Different traditional insurance products such as term insurance and non-conventional products like unit-linked policies are dealt with in detail. This book is primarily designed for students of management, commerce and those pursuing specific insurance courses. It can also be profitably used by industry practitioners. Finally, the book will be invaluable to managers of Life Insurance companies, Banks (engaged in Bancassurance), and Security firms.