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Evo Moment 37: One of the most famous moments in competitive gaming history Paperback – April 3, 2014
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About the Author
Glenn Cravens is a sports writer, video game fan and former competitive gamer living in Northern California. He is the author of “Monterey Bay Thunder” and “Three in the Secret Society.”
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This book fails to capture it for a number of reasons.
Its pacing is convoluted. Sometimes Cravens takes pages and pages just to describe the match before the match the section is about. He also glosses over significant events, returning to them later in order to add details left out of the initial descriptions. The word choice is repetitive and filled with jargon that those unfamiliar with the game (in other words, almost the entire audience who will learn anything from this book) will not understand. I found errors that, with other writers, I knew would be typographical in nature but which, in this book, seemed deliberate. I only trust direct quotes from the players interviewed to accurately represent their feelings or their experiences, and even then they are often poorly selected or presented.
It did provide some insight into earlier days of the FGC, particularly the beginning of the Evo tournament series. If one reads into the confusion of attempts at elevated diction mixed indiscriminately with slang and fighting game jargon, ignores the transparent use of suspense, researches the references to events and game strategies with which readers may not be familiar, and focuses on the objective facts presented in the story, it can be an interesting window into the community. But there are better ways to become familiar with the subject matter than reading this book.
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Glenn is a fantastic author and truly captures the spirit of the moment.