Video games, an industry raking in over 120 billion euros annually – not too shabby for the type of entertainment often dismissed as infantile, addictive, and socially irrelevant. Bonus Level invites you on a captivating journey through the fascinating realm of this pioneering entertainment medium of the information age, shedding new light on it and underscoring its undeniable artistic and cultural significance.
Ronald Meeus, with over four decades of gaming expertise and a journalist who's closely tracked the medium's rapid evolution for more than half of that span, brings you insights gleaned from interviews with numerous industry luminaries. From Shigeru Miyamoto (Super Mario Bros.) to Richard Garriott (Ultima), David Cage (Heavy Rain) to Neil Druckmann (The Last of Us), Peter Molyneux (Fable) to Toru Iwatani (Pac-Man), Ron Gilbert (Monkey Island) to Yu Suzuki (Out Run) – their stories and wisdom enrich this narrative.
Meeus's extensive field research, often conducted behind the scenes of game development studios, weaves a multi-layered tale that finally provides a lucid understanding of the phenomenon. It simultaneously astonishes passionate gamers with intriguing facts and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. The foreword is penned by gaming authority Jan Meijroos, who has contributed to publications like Bright.nl, Playboy, Business Insider, IGN.nl, Power Unlimited, Metro, Discovery Magazine, Veronica Magazine, and Tweakers.net.
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