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The Resource Coin-operated Americans : rebooting boyhood at the video game arcade, Carly A. Kocurek

Coin-operated Americans : rebooting boyhood at the video game arcade, Carly A. Kocurek

Label
Coin-operated Americans : rebooting boyhood at the video game arcade
Title
Coin-operated Americans
Title remainder
rebooting boyhood at the video game arcade
Statement of responsibility
Carly A. Kocurek
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Video gaming: it's a boy's world, right? That's what the industry wants us to think. Why and how we came to comply are what Carly A. Kocurek investigates in this provocative consideration of how an industry's craving for respectability hooked up with cultural narratives about technology, masculinity, and youth at the video arcade. From the dawn of the golden age of video games with the launch of Atari's Pong in 1972, through the industry-wide crash of 1983, to the recent nostalgia-bathed revival of the arcade, Coin-Operated Americans explores the development and implications of the "video gamer" as a cultural identity. This cultural-historical journey takes us to the Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa, for a close look at the origins of competitive gaming. It immerses us in video gaming's first moral panic, generated by Exidy's Death Race (1976), an unlicensed adaptation of the film Death Race 2000. And it ventures into the realm of video game films such as Tron and WarGames, in which gamers become brilliant, boyish heroes. Whether conducting a phenomenological tour of a classic arcade or evaluating attempts, then and now, to regulate or eradicate arcades and coin-op video games, Kocurek does more than document the rise and fall of a now-booming industry. Drawing on newspapers, interviews, oral history, films, and television, she examines the factors and incidents that contributed to the widespread view of video gaming as an enclave for young men and boys. A case study of this once emergent and now revived medium became the presumed enclave of boys and young men, Coin-Operated Americans is history that holds valuable lessons for contemporary culture as we struggle to address pervasive sexism in the domain of video games--and in the digital working world beyond."--Publisher information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kocurek, Carly A
Dewey number
794.8
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV1469.3
LC item number
.K6 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Video games
  • Video games
  • Coin-operated machines
  • Boys
  • HISTORY
  • COMPUTERS
  • COMPUTERS
  • Boys
  • Coin-operated machines
  • Video games
  • Video games
  • United States
Label
Coin-operated Americans : rebooting boyhood at the video game arcade, Carly A. Kocurek
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-231) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The microcosmic arcade : playing at the cultural vanguard -- Gaming's gold medalists : twin galaxies and the rush to competitive gaming -- Adapting violence : Death Race and the history of gaming moral panic -- Anarchy in the arcade : regulating coin-op video games -- Play saves the day : TRON, WarGames, and the gamer as protagonist -- The arcade is dead, long live the arcade : nostalgia in an era of ubiquitous computing -- The future is now : changes in gaming culture
Control code
ocn907651045
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxvii, 244 pages
Isbn
9780816691821
Lccn
2015019104
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40025457289
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780816691838
  • (OCoLC)907651045
Label
Coin-operated Americans : rebooting boyhood at the video game arcade, Carly A. Kocurek
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-231) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The microcosmic arcade : playing at the cultural vanguard -- Gaming's gold medalists : twin galaxies and the rush to competitive gaming -- Adapting violence : Death Race and the history of gaming moral panic -- Anarchy in the arcade : regulating coin-op video games -- Play saves the day : TRON, WarGames, and the gamer as protagonist -- The arcade is dead, long live the arcade : nostalgia in an era of ubiquitous computing -- The future is now : changes in gaming culture
Control code
ocn907651045
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxvii, 244 pages
Isbn
9780816691821
Lccn
2015019104
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40025457289
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780816691838
  • (OCoLC)907651045

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