This Gaming Life [book]

Just finished reading This Gaming Life of Jim Rossignol and I enjoyed it. I don’t think I’ve read a book that’s mostly about games before, so I can’t really compare it with anything. He attempts to place games into perspective, writing how it changed his and other people’s life and questioning the purpose of games, which is a bit like like questioning the purpose of life, even if you’re able to answer it, it’ll be a personal answer and most won’t agree with it. But it’s interesting nonetheless.

It doesn’t really come to a conclusion and doesn’t really bring any answers (for me at least), but it does raise a lot of interesting thoughs. I think gaming really is one of those phenomenons that hasn’t been properly put into perspective yet, if that’s even possible, and this book helps with it. I also liked how it looked into the future of gaming in the end of the book.

There’s also a lot of stuff on EVE Online and he makes a good case of how a not-so-restricted virtual sandbox world allows players to create their own content and set their own goals (way beyond high scores and bragging rights), with using Interstellar Starbase Syndicate outpost project (+shareholders project) and Istvaan Shogaatsu’s Great Heist as example. Not much news overall for an EVE player like me, but I didn’t know that much about ISS and I enjoyed reading about it. Always good to see EVE promoted in a way like this and I hope other MMO developers start to pick it up.

Anyway, it’s a good read. I did hope though I could use this book as a “why-I-game” book and point to it when non-gaming friends start to bother me with that question, I don’t think it’s a good book for that. I also am not sure how much ‘fun’ this book is for non-gaming people, it might get a bit boring somewhere in the middle.

PS. You can read most of the stuff on Korea in the book here actually, it’s very interesting.


~ by Alright Jack on July 16, 2008.

5 Responses to “This Gaming Life [book]”

  1. Glad to hear it’s a good read.

    I’ve just gotten the book, have been looking forward to reading this since I heard of it. A whole section on EVE is the real draw for me, but I love his work that I’ve seen elsewhere– namely at Escapist and Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Pretty much as soon as I saw the author’s name I made an impulse buy. It was the same with Julian Dibbell and Play Money.

  2. Hey, nice blog!

    EVE’s a very interesting and fun game. This book you mention is really pulling me in for it. The Heist and the ISS is intriguing.

    Anyways, I was wondering if you want to do a link exchange. My website is

    Email me if you want!

    Have fun with your blog!

  3. I’ll add that blog of yours to the list next time.

  4. […] Empyrean Age [book] After finishing This Gaming Life a couple of weeks ago, I started with The Empyrean Age of Tony Gonzalez and also quickly finished […]

  5. Thank you, and I’ve already added yours to my links section.
    But I think you already have a link on the sidebar – tho it’s linked to my old website.
    If you could just update it, that would be great!

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