Fun Inc. Why Video Games are the 21st Century’s Most Serious Business by Tom Chatfield is an interesting look at the ever increasing importance of video games in our culture and society.
This book is not your typical “video game” book, but rather covers topics such as the history, finances and growth of the video game industry as well as the impact video games have on various other fields such as economics, epidemiology, education and even the military.
The book draws interesting comparisons to other mediums, such as film and literature, and illustrates similar growing pains experienced by these mediums and video games throughout history.
This book also addresses and clarifies numerous misconceptions relating to video games, such as that only males play video games and that video games carry no academic benefits.
I found this book extremely interesting not only from a video game perspective, but also from an economic and general societal perspective. I would really recommend this book not only to people interested in video games, but anyone interested in modern society in general. Fun Inc. is a worthwhile read and defends the place of video games in our culture and society. I wish my teachers could have read this book when I was still in school.