Do not wait: start reading this stimulating book.—Jan H.G. Klabbers, Game Studies—
Bogost’s book provides a new lens—procedural rhetoric—to use in the analysis of games and an excellent survey of the history of games of this ilk.
, American Journal of Play
Bogost creates and writes about serious games, seemingly simple diversions that deliver educational political and advertising content alongside entertainment. In Persuasive Games, he offers an academic but accessible introduction to their potential, and it is very meaty reading for anybody interested in where the interactive arts meet real-world topics.
, The Globe and The Mail
Whether we call them ‘serious games’, ‘persuasive games’, or simply ‘video games’, it is clear that there is much of rhetorical significance to mine from the electronic representations and interactions that have captivated such a large portion of the world’s population. Ian Bogost’s book is an excellent step towards understanding and appreciating these materials from an intellectual, critical, and humanistic perspective.
, Literary and Linguistic Computing