Games People Play: Three Books on What’s Behind the Fun

Three books examine the appeal and purpose of games, video and otherwise, probing the reasons some of these playthings have become so engaging, addictive and even good for you.

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PLAY ANYTHING
The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games
By Ian Bogost
266 pp. Basic Books. $26.99.

indexTHE TETRIS EFFECT
The Game That Hypnotized the World
By Dan Ackerman
264 pp. PublicAffairs. $25.99.

indexDEATH BY VIDEO GAME
Danger, Pleasure, and Obsession on the Virtual Frontline
By Simon Parkin
254 pp. Melville House. $25.95.

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