From their humble beginnings, video games have spent the last half-century on a quest toward gaining recognition as a legitimate art form. And if we’re being honest, they’ve succeeded. While classics like Pong and Pac-Man were relatively rudimentary in terms of design, gameplay, and narrative, in recent decades, games like Metal Gear Solid, Journey, BioShock, Shadow of the Colossus, and countless others have pushed the boundaries of which video games are capable—and in the process have rivaled (if not surpassed) other media. With a broader selection of games than in any other time in history, a rabid retro gaming community, and an increasingly inclusive definition of what it means to be a gamer, we’re truly living in a golden age of video games. So, dust off your cartridges, fire up your emulators, and check out some of these books about one of the most popular and innovative contemporary art forms.
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