Trigger Happy, originally published in 2000 with the subtitle “The Inner Life of Videogames”, is a book about the aesthetics of videogames: what they share with other artforms, and the ways in which they are unique.
And now the book is available as a free download from author Steven Poole’s website. I’ve not read it yet, but from a quick browse it seems like a good one. The aesthetics of video games (not just dealing with how they look) is an under-discussed subject.
And while you’re at his site anyway, you might want to give his archive of articles originally written for Edge magazine a look. He writes in a very provocative, very real way about the games he plays and video game culture.
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