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Fun Inc: why games are the 21st century’s most serious business

Prospect's arts and books editor has written the definitive book of 2010 on the global videogames phenomenon

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People make many assumptions about videogames; only teenage boys play them, they increase anti-social behaviour and they tend to be violent. Fun Inc. dispels these misconceptions, revealing that 40 per cent of all videogame players are women, that most of the bestselling console games of all time involve no real-world violence, and that World of Warcraft‘s online community of over 12m players is changing our understanding of what it means to be sociable.

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