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“I’m Over Games” Not-Over-Games Honoree: Tom Bissell

January 27, 2011

Author of the fantastic Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, Tom Bissell is the first IOG:NOG honoree. Mixing personal (sometimes very personal) narrative with insightful analysis of games as a participatory medium, he delivers a powerful collection of essays, each centered around a particular game and time in his life. Any reader with even a remote interest in games will be left breathless. Here is an excerpt from his most moving chapter, which inspired my own foray into GTAIV.

Bissell or his publicist made the fortunate miscalculation of putting his PSN ID on the back jacket of his book. Probably thousands of geeks friended him online. I thought so highly of his writing that I was one of them.

I can attest that he is still very much not over games, and therefore deserving of this honor. Congratulations to Tom Bissell on winning the first I’m Over Games “Noggie.”

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