The first collection of poetry about video games ever published, BWIATD takes its readers on a psychotic and hilarious tour through the arcade and console games of the Eighties (and beyond). Funny, approachable, and beautifully illustrated by Warren Wucinich, BWIATD is sure to delight and thrill anyone who enjoys (or has enjoyed) playing video games.
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"Blue Wizard" covers the entire history of video games: from the 80’s through the present day, no title is left out. The book serves up a near-psychotic and utterly hilarious pastiche of pop culture iconography that is both warped, familiar, and (in places) strangely poignant. Pixilated heroes are undone by giant, end-of-level bosses. 8 year-old children gawk in awe and wonder at grown-up video game masters. Mario is portrayed as a Stalin-esque dictator who drives the princess to suicide. Ninjas from "The Legend of Kage" infest suburban carports. People die of dysentery and inscribe their own epitaphs on their tombstones in "Oregon Trail". Children of the 80’s are placed in charge of defending the world from nuclear holocaust in "Missile Command". "Pac Man", "Sinistar", and even a series of non-traditional haikus about the bosses from the first "Mega Man" game... The list is endless. If you remember the blue code screen from "Metroid", the end of level maze in "Kid Icarus", or the terror of being chased by a blocky scorpion in "Pitfall", then this book is definitely for you.
Barkan’s work has been compared to a disparate gathering of legendary creative talents ranging from Charles Bukowski and Tom Waits to National Poet Laureate Billy Collins. His approachable style and twisted sense of humor will keep readers in alternating states of nostalgic recollection and laugh-out-loud hysteria.
The book also features 30 pages of meticulously researched appendices listing some of the author’s all-time favorite games, a list of references contained in the poems (for non-gamers), an account of "Grue Hunting In the Great Underground Empire", and tons of commentary on the games themselves.
Beautifully illustrated throughout by Warren Wucinich, "Blue Wizard" is sure to delight anyone who has ever frantically dug in their pockets for another quarter as the "CONTINUE?" screen counted down.About the Author:
Seth "Fingers" Flynn Barkan is a lifelong video game enthusiast, Stride pianist, and amateur musical preservationist. He works as a bar critic and games columnist for Las Vegas CityLife and is currently working on a guide book about some of the seedier attractions of Sin City (Barkan is a native Las Vegan). "Blue Wizard" is his second book.
Warren Wucinich is currently working on several forthcoming graphic novel projects slated for release during the 4th quarter of 2004. He also lives in Las Vegas and occasionally enjoys pretending to be a caricaturist on the Las Vegas Strip.
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