Tom Bissell Quotes

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Tom Bissell Quotes

The way games are designed is you create a story, and then you create an obstacle course inside that story, and the player has to endure it to see more. So its artificial. Game designers are so intensely worried about people getting bored that they pile on busy work for players to do.
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We are no longer worried that children are missing school because of video games, though. We are worried that they are murdering their classmates because of video games.

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Most non-readers are nothing but an agglomeration of third-hand opinion and blindly received wisdom.

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[M]y first published book had just appeared in stores. The last year of my life
the year of finishing it, editing it, and seeing it through its various page-proof passes
ranks among the most unnerving of my young life. It has not felt good, or freeing. It has felt nerve-shreddingly disquieting. Publication simply allows one that much more to worry about. This cannot be said to aspiring writers often or sternly enough. Whatever they carry within themselves they believe publication cures will not, I can all but guarantee, be cured. You just wind up with new diseases.

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The world, finally, is no longer large, and to ignore it likely requires more effort than to simply take notice.

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Hocking was slender in the way that writers and musicians are sometimes slender: not out of any desire or design but rather because his days were spent being consumed rather than consuming.

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All video games are games, obviously. They're designed. They're digital. They have rules; they give an audience some type of vicarious experience.

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Here's what I just realized: A world in which sport at its best is not seen as some kind of art is a world that doesn't deserve any art.

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I don't know how video game narrative works.

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I'm an Old Media guy. I don't have a website; I don't Twitter. I love magazines, yet I love video games. It's a strange disconnect.

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The underwater businessman philosopher Andrew Ryan was BioShock's unforgettable villain.

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I mostly associated video game storytelling with unforgivable clumsiness, irredeemable incompetence - and suddenly, I was finding the aesthetic and formal concerns I'd always associated with fiction: storytelling, form, the medium, character. That kind of shocked me.

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Sport-based video games occupy an odd space within the sphere of modern home entertainment. Reliably enjoyed by millions, the sport-based video game stands at what sometimes feels like an oblique angle from the larger medium, and in ways that can be hard to articulate.

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