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Carly A. Kocurek ê 1 FREE READ FREE READ Ä Coin Operated Americans P video games Kocurek does than document the rise and fall of a now booming industry Drawing on newspapers interviews oral history films and television she examines the factors and incidents that contributed to the widespread view of video gaming as an enclave for young men and boysA case study of this once emergent and now revived medium became the presumed enclave of boys and young men Coin Operated Americans is history that holds valuable lessons for contemporary culture as we struggle to address pervasive sexism in the domain of video games and in the digital working world beyon. I felt like a magnetic attraction to this book from the moment I saw its cover and read its title When I was a kid I can t count the hours or uarters I spent at the arcade Eventually the arcade closed and most kids got their gaming fix from home consoles Now this book goes beyond the story of the arcade Carly Kocurek analyses the arcade and video games as a form of entertainment from the perspective of what audience it is targeting In this case boys and young male adults The demographics are clear and considering I grew up as one of these boys in a certain way it helped open my eyes to the perception of the gaming industry from the female side Kocurek provides examples of early promotions from the pioneer video game companies that set the stage for these games to be viewed as a sport a manly thing to do almost to the point of being worthy of admiration if successful Beyond that the author even takes a look at Hollywood and famous films like Tron and War Games a movie that was a favorite growing upOf course there is always the darker side of gaming We see the moral battles against video game violence the spending of money in the arcade and the demonization of the arcade itself by its opponents So basically there s two sides of this book There s the history part and then there s the analysis of the author I really enjoyed how Kocurek moved through the decades the venues and even the controversies She was able to insert commentaries about the key players no pun intended in the video game history However is the other side of the story that falls short for me Clearly the purpose of the book is to demonstrate that boyhood goes hand in hand with the arcade as evidence by the subtitle of this work But there were times that it seemed like the author was hammering the boyman concept for pages to the point were phrases became repetitive and this interrupted the flow of the readFor the history side of the book I think this will be a book that will be enjoyed by anyone that has had video games as part of their lives I received a free copy of this book as an ARC by the authorpublisher in exchange of a honest review

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Carly A. Kocurek ê 1 FREE READ FREE READ Ä Coin Operated Americans Video gaming it’s a boy’s world right That’s what the industry wants us to think Why and how we came to comply are what Carly A Kocurek investigates in this provocative consideration of how an industry’s craving for respectability hooked up with cultural narratives about technology masculinity and youth at the video arcadeFrom the dawn of the golden age of video games with the launch of Atari’s Pong in 1972 through the industry wide crash of 1983 to the recent nostalgia bathed revival of the arcade Coin Operated Americans explores the development and implications of the ?. Kocurek confirms through actual study what I knew from Gem County in the 1980s the lineage of arcade games from pinball and other suspect amusements as well as their placement in convenience stores fast food restaurants and other public places cemented an image that their natural users were teenage boys despite early marketing to families and young women This accelerated with the adoption of athletic tropes applied to male gamers complete with passive cheerleaders and the retrofitted reasoning that men were the only ones interested a trope with a poisonous legacy right now for women in tech STEM and the gaming industry I knew damn well that girls who were hanging around the Circle K were going to be hounded away and at the pizza place girls could watch boys play Dragon s Lair and offer their uarters but would be literally shouldered aside if they tried to play By the time my folks bought a console to play at home I had soured on the whole thing

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Carly A. Kocurek ê 1 FREE READ FREE READ Ä Coin Operated Americans ?video gamer” as a cultural identity This cultural historical journey takes us to the Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa Iowa for a close look at the origins of competitive gaming It immerses us in video gaming’s first moral panic generated by Exidy’s Death Race 1976 an unlicensed adaptation of the film Death Race 2000 And it ventures into the realm of video game films such as Tron and WarGames in which gamers become brilliant boyish heroesWhether conducting a phenomenological tour of a classic arcade or evaluating attempts then and now to regulate or eradicate arcades and coin o. A fascinating if occasionally repetitive history of an important facet of my childhood


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    Coin Operated Americans (READ) Kocurek confirms through actual study what I knew from Gem County in the 1980s the lineage of arcade games from pinball and other suspect amusements as well as their placement in convenience stores fast food restaurants and other public places cemented an image that their natural users were teenage boys despite early marketing to families and young women This accelerated with the adoption of athletic tropes applied to male gamers complete w

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    Coin Operated Americans (READ) A fascinating if occasionally repetitive history of an important facet of my childhood

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    Carly A. Kocurek ê 1 FREE READ FREE DOWNLOAD â FUTBOLENTRELINEAS.CO ê Carly A. Kocurek READ & DOWNLOAD Coin Operated Americans I felt like a magnetic attraction to this book from the moment I saw its cover and read its title When I was a kid I can't count the hours or uarters I spent at the arcade Eventually the arcade closed and most kids got their gaming fix from home consoles Now this book goes beyond the story of the arcade; Carly Kocurek analyses the arcade and video games as a form of entertainment from the perspective of what audience it is target

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    Coin Operated Americans (READ) I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway 35 Stars Reading the title makes you wonder if the book is about video arcades or about the male patrons of video arcades It's about both On

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    Coin Operated Americans (READ) Carly A. Kocurek ê 1 FREE READ Coin Operated Americans by Carly A Kocurek is a free NetGalley ebook that I began reading just after Labor Day before the start of the U of M school year Only fair to read a book from their printing pressThis book is above

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    Coin Operated Americans (READ) Solid thought provoking look at the history of game arcades It leans towards cultural exploration than technical so it's interesting to juxtapose with a book like Videogames In The Beginning

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  • Paperback
  • 233
  • Coin Operated Americans
  • Carly A. Kocurek
  • en
  • 11 March 2019
  • 9780816691838