Trigger Happy - Videogames and the Entertainment Revolution
Sciere (206112), Nov 23, 2007
Steven Poole, journalist, writer, and composer for television and short films, has decided to give away his first book, Trigger Happy, for free. It discusses the aesthetics of videogames - what they share with cinema, the history of painting, or literature; and what makes them different, in terms of form, psychology and semiotics. It was first published in 2000; the version given away is a revised edition with the afterword written in 2001. The book is offered as a PDF file under a CC license, for a limited time only, with no digital rights management whatsoever. Grab it here.
Thanks for the heads-up, got mine! (Subject line too long with a "Re:" in front)
Looks like a very interesting book. Thank you.
Just downloaded it. Plan on reading it tonight.
Under a CC license for a limited time? I didn't know that was even possible.
Anyway, thanks for the link!
(Edited by Sciere (206112), Nov 24, 2007)Re: Trigger Happy - Videogames and the...
Sciere (206112), Nov 24, 2007
It's offered for free for a limited time, not under CC for a limited time. Anyway, since he's using the Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license, withdrawing the book cannot stop anyone else from sharing or offering it for free, noncommercially, so I hope he realizes this and hasn't just shot himself in the foot =)
I've read quite some time ago and remember having mixed feelings about it. His genre overview leaves a lot to be desired, and I remember one passage where he apparently wanted to discuss the difficulties of interactive storytelling but just went on about how it would be impossible to create countless pre-rendered sequences :/. It's still fairly interesting though and definitely worth checking out, if only because there aren't (m)any alternatives.