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Prospect’s new issue – mind games

By Tom Chatfield  

June cover imageThe March publication of the Byron Review, the government’s first official investigation into the effects of electronic media on children, offered an opportunity to examine what is potentially being gained and lost in the increasing ubiquity of electronic, interactive entertainments. Instead – dazzled by the quite astonishing sales figures and controversial content of recent games releases like the notorious Grand Theft Auto IV – most mainstream accounts of video games since have tended to be either a dazzling stream of featurettes hailing their ascendancy, or bitter dismantlings of any and…

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