Extra Lives

Why Video Games Matter
Author: Tom Bissell
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307379280
Category: Social Science
Page: 208
View: 8328
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
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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: 8023
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.

The Value of Life

An Introduction to Medical Ethics
Author: John Harris
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134954212
Category: Philosophy
Page: 304
View: 2991
First published in 1985. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Extra Life

Author: Derek Nikitas
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781940610535
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 304
View: 5138
Russ has never been your typical teen. After being expelled, Russ has started to get his life back on track. He's a pop culture junkie, and living in a town where the popular teen soap "Cape Twilight" is filmed, how could he not be? So when Russ decides to make his own short film, he recruits the (emotionally unhinged) star of "Cape Twilight" and his own motley crew to help out. Seems like a great idea...until the plan blows up in Russ's face. Just when everything seems to be falling apart, Russ receives a message on his cell phone -- from himself. Recorded in the future, 'future Russ' informes him that the day can be fixed if he's willing to use an app to leap twelve hours into the past. Russ is happy to oblige, figuring the day can't get any worse. But he couldn't be more wrong. Because as soon as Russ tampers with time and space, he introduces dangerous glitches he can't control, includingalternate of himself. And suddenly Russ's sanity and the lives of everyone he cares about are at risk if he can't find a way to regain control of his own life-- past, present and future.

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: 3516
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.

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: 3696
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.

The life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

comprehending an account of his studies and numerous works, in chronological order; a series of his epistolary correspondence and conversations with many eminent persons; and various original pieces of his composition never before published: the whole exhibiting a view of literature and literary men in Great-Britain, for near half a century during which he flourished
Author: James Boswell
Publisher: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: N.A
View: 8687

The Private Life of an Eastern King (Nasr-eddin Hyder, King of Oude) New Edition Revised

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 827


How Japanese Video Games Gave The World An Extra Life
Author: Chris Kohler
Publisher: Brady
ISBN: 9780744004243
Category: Games
Page: 302
View: 8103
Examines the history of Japanese video games and how the designers added film-like elements of character, narrative, and story into their games, and includes interviews with accomplished game designers, artists, and musicians. Original. (All users)

Cardiology E-Book

Author: Michael H. Crawford,John P. DiMarco,Walter J. Paulus
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 0723436444
Category: Medical
Page: 1984
View: 3166
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: 2303
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.

Learning LibGDX Game Development - Second Edition

Author: Suryakumar Balakrishnan Nair,Andreas Oehlke
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1783554789
Category: Computers
Page: 478
View: 7120
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.

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: 9761
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.

El código de las mentes extraordinarias

10 leyes no convencionales para redefinir tu vida y alcanzar el éxito
Author: Vishen Lakhiani
Publisher: EDAF
ISBN: 8441437726
Category: Self-Help
Page: 384
View: 463
¿Y si te das permiso a ti mismo para cuestionar todo lo que sabes y deshacerte de todo lo que te impide avanzar? Aprende a pensar como las mentes creativas más brillantes de nuestra era, a cuestionar, desafiar y crear nuevas reglas para conceptos como el amor, la educación, la espiritualidad, el trabajo, la felicidad y el sentido de la vida. No sigas las convenciones: El código de las mentes extraordinarias te enseña a alcanzar el éxito, a tu manera. No importa por dónde empieces. En tu mano está construir una vida que sea realmente extraordinaria y dejar huella en el universo. En este libro aprenderás a doblegar la realidad, a cuestionar reglas sin sentido, a trascender el espacio cultural, a abrazar tu misión en la vida, a aplicar la ingeniería de la conciencia, a cultivar la autodisciplina para vivir feliz y a impulsar hacia delante a la humanidad, generando de esta manera mayor felicidad, significado e impacto en el mundo. El código de las mentes extraordinarias es mucho más que un simple libro. Conecta con una comunidad y una plataforma de aprendizaje globales, donde podrás profundizar en temas concretos, ponerte en contacto con el autor, escuchar a invitados muy especiales y comunicarte con otros lectores. Una transformación en una dimensión totalmente nueva. ¡Comencemos!

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: 9538
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.

The Legend of Zelda Titles

Author: N.A
Publisher: PediaPress
Page: N.A
View: 6597

Extra Innings: A Novel Based on the Life of Jack "Lucky" Lohrke

Author: N.A
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
ISBN: 1434971961
Page: N.A
View: 2411

The Publishers' Trade List Annual

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Publishers' catalogs
Page: N.A
View: 1117

Descent Series

Author: N.A
Publisher: PediaPress
Page: N.A
View: 8565