Author(s): Tom Chatfield
'Tom Chatfield's "Fun Inc." is the most elegant and comprehensive defence of the status of computer games in our culture I have read, as well as a helpful compendium of research...The numbers surrounding the sector are certainly thudding. By the end of 2008, annual sales of video games - not including consoles or devices - was $40 billion, comfortably outstripping the movie business. In the same year, Nintendo's employees were more profitable per head than Google's. The sheer pervasiveness of game experience - 99 per cent of teenage boys and 94 per cent of teenage girls having played a video game - means that instant naffness falls upon those who express a musty disdain for the medium. In fact, as "Fun Inc." elegantly explains, computer game-playing has a very strong claim to be one of the most vital test-beds for intellectual enquiry' - "Independent".
'A thought-provoking read for those already won over to the delights of computer games, and an even more important introduction to them for those who remain sceptical' Observer
Tom Chatfield completed his doctorate at St John's College, Oxford, before moving to London to work as a full-time writer and editor. He is currently the arts and books editor at Prospect magazine.