Mind at Play: The Psychology of Video Games

By Geoffrey R. Loftus; Elizabeth F. Loftus | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 2
WHY VIDED
GAMES ARE FUN

Syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman has described her own initiation into video games. One cloudy day she was waiting for an airplane in the Detroit airport. She had time on her hands and thought she would try a quick game of Pac-Man. Before she knew it, she was hooked; Pac-Man took her for every last quarter she had. It began innocently enough. She put in her first quarter but, not yet having a feel for the game, she shoved Pac-Man into the arms of the nearest monster. Undiscouraged by defeat, she tried again. She did a little better this time. Something about the game made her think she could win. So she kept at it. Fortunately for Goodman, she was able to break the habit before it broke her. Once she gained some distance —away from the clutches of Pac-Man—she thought about it

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  • Title Page *
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  • Preface ix
  • Chapter 1 - Videomania 3
  • Chapter 2 - Why Vided Games Are Fun 10
  • Chapter 3 - Games and the Cognitive System 43
  • Chapter 4 - The Arcade Subculture 83
  • Chapter 5 - Learning from the Screen 112
  • Chapter 6 - The Computer Connection 153
  • Index 185
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