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18 Feb 7:30am

Why do video games matter? 20 books every player should read

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Why do we play? How do games work? From games philosophy to sci-fi, here are 20 delightful and essential reads for gamers At this stage in the pandemic, you may have started to question the amount of time you’re spending playing video games. Publishers have reported huge increases in the numbers of players on titles such as Call of Duty Warzone and Fifa 21, while Animal Crossing, launched in the first weeks of last year’s lockdown, has sold more than 30m copies, mostly on its seductive promise to bring friends together for tea parties on cute little islands. Perhaps now, however, you want to spend some time away from games – but without abandoning them. Or maybe you want to find out
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