Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game by Carly A. Kocurek

By Carly A. Kocurek

Video gaming: it’s a boy’s international, correct? That’s what the wishes us to imagine. Why and the way we got here to conform are what Carly A. Kocurek investigates during this provocative attention of the way an industry’s yearning for respectability connected with cultural narratives approximately expertise, masculinity, and adolescence on the video arcade.

From the sunrise of the golden age of games with the release of Atari’s Pong in 1972, during the industry-wide crash of 1983, to the new nostalgia-bathed revival of the arcade, Coin-Operated Americans explores the advance and implications of the “video gamer” as a cultural identification. This cultural-historical trip takes us to the dual Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa, for an in depth examine the origins of aggressive gaming. It immerses us in video gaming’s first ethical panic, generated by means of Exidy’s loss of life Race (1976), an unlicensed variation of the movie Death Race 2000. And it ventures into the area of online game motion pictures reminiscent of Tron and WarGames, within which players turn into magnificent, boyish heroes.

Whether accomplishing a phenomenological journey of a vintage arcade or comparing makes an attempt, then and now, to manage or remove arcades and coin-op games, Kocurek does greater than record the increase and fall of a now-booming undefined. Drawing on newspapers, interviews, oral historical past, motion pictures, and tv, she examines the criteria and incidents that contributed to the common view of video gaming as an enclave for younger males and boys.

A case examine of this as soon as emergent and now revived medium grew to become the presumed enclave of boys and younger males, Coin-Operated Americans is background that holds beneficial classes for modern tradition as we fight to deal with pervasive sexism within the area of video games—and within the electronic operating global beyond.


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