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"Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity.
Freeplay by Jordan Shapiro considers the life lessons that can be learned from video games. From Frogger to Mario, Shapiro observes that video games help us become winners by giving us the practice necessary to tackle any challenge and how our decisions can impact our ability to come to the expected end.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has found solace in video games who need some kind of inspiration. The book aims to guide the reader to "maximum euphoric bliss, " achieved when we get into Flow with the game.But don't be fooled into thinking this is a self-help book, because it's not. It won't tell you how to get to that state of Bliss. Rather, Shapiro offers his observations a sage wisdom, like aather, for us readers to take as we will. The advice of this book is the sort many could stand to hear. Video games are an increasingly central part of our lives, and provide spiritual opportunities that perhaps go unnoticed by the average player.
So embrace your inner gamer, pick up a controller, and become one with your avatar. The path to Bliss is right there on the screen before you.
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While I was most interested to read something on a subject that has hardly been touched (at least from the perspective of the general public) I was fairly disappointed about a third of the way through. While it seems like the book starts out with good points at the beginning of each chapter, it quickly descends into philosophical babble that may be best to leave to the philosophers or psychologists. If the goal was to write a book that is nearly unreadable by the book's topic demographic, then one might consider it a success. Additionally, it is painfully obvious that the author is merely a casual gamer who has touched few games during this decade.