book review

The Video Game Theory Reader

Mark J. P. Wolf & Bernard Perron (2003)

This is a good collection of some interesting articles about video games. The articles by Gonzalo Frasca and Chris Crawford are of particular interest to my current research. This book is somewhat different from the more narratologist approach to gaming that I usually read. The practical hands-on approach offered by the game designers and ludologists are quite refreshing to read, although I still tend to disagree on some crucial points. I have to admit I have not read all the articles in this book yet. (So much to read, so little time to do it). I will need to get back to it when I have the time. I did read those articles that caught my interest at a first glance and which inspired me to buy the book in the first place. These are (in no particular order): The foreword and introduction, the articles by Holland, Jenkins & Squire; Wolf; Lahti; Frasca; Perron and Crawford.