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Thanks to the rise of small indy publishers and a generation of gamers growing up and branching out into all media, we are finally seeing some great books not just about games, but about being a player of games. Books outside of the realm of academic publishers (like MIT press, not to knock them - I'm currently neck-deep in "Rules of Play") and places like Bradygames (who churn out enough "player's guides" to choke a rain forest).

In this light, DB Weiss' "Lucky Wander Boy" is a great homage to and love story about video games (one I hope to do a better review of shortly), and leaves you feeling as through someone else "gets" it - much as these poems do. And if you're willing to travel down that vector, the field of Ludology as it relates to video games has tons of interesting things to say.

Thanks Mike, and thanks Jane for the link - this has jumped to the top of my must-read list.


Thanks so much for posting that Jane. Those poems are incredible!

Definitely have to get that book...


Eeek, too close to christmas. haha. Awesome. Thanks Jane!


I remember when I was about 8 (erk...16 years ago) I read a MAD Magazine with Mario on the cover. Inside they had a poem, The Joystick Jabberwocky...I sadly no longer own that copy of MAD Magazine, but does anyone out there know the poem I'm talking about?

If so please let me know as I seem to remember it was rather comical and somewhat intelligent in their knowledge of gaming terminology.

Great post :)


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Inspired by this post (and by reading The Joystick Jabberwocky again) I slapped a few impromptu Nintendo Haiku's on my site. Feel free to check them out and add your own :)


The large Vegas arcade scene in his childhood is where a lot of Barkan?s early experiences with games came in. His father, a musician, often played at clubs while his son played in one of the local arcades.

Barkan wrote the book ?with the normal person? in mind. His intention in writing the book wasn?t so much to impress old-school hard-core gamers, but to cause the casual gamer to reminisce and remember how it felt to play great games at one point in their life.


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Sorry to be commenting here about this, but I tried contacting GGA through the email addresses and kept getting bounced messages. I think it's because you have two emails, both automatically forwarding to each other. Or maybe the problem is on my end - but try as I might, I could not get through!

Anyway, I am an author of a novel you might be interested in, Game Quest, about the hostile takeover of a computer gaming company in the mid-90s. I'd be happy to send a free review copy your way if you are interested. You can find out more about the book here: www.gamequestnovel.com

As for this poetry book, it looks great! I wrote a video game poem about 3 years ago and thought I was the only one! I didn't do a whole book about it, though. I'll have to see if I can pick this one up. I agree, though, as with my book, it's incredibly hard to convinced publishers and readers that they might be interested in art about video games.

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An indie game based on poetry? Good idea?!

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