All Your Base Are Belong to Us

Selected by Jeanne Goodrich, executive director for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

Video games now form a $20 billion-a-year industry, bigger than movies, music and DVD sales combined. More than 68 percent of Americans play video and computer games, and the average player age is 35. In All Your Base Are Belong to Us: How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture (Three Rivers Press, $15), author Harold Goldberg provides a rollicking account of the history and development of this addictive cultural phenomenon. You’ll find yourself thinking nostalgically about Pong, Myst and Donkey Kong.

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