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The Art of Failure
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I can think of no other medium that so constantly forces its participant to contemplate their own demise. The act of playing games is one dotted with near-endless failure. Yet we plow on. Jesper Juul's new book is exactly the sharp examination of failure I need to keep myself from stabbing my eyes out when I get frustrated. -- Jamin Warren, Founder, Kill Screen In The Art of Failure, Jesper Juul explores an interesting idea and asks provocative questions. This book will be of interest to developers, players, scholars, journalists, and readers with related interests, such as chess players or athletes. -- Henry Lowood, Curator for History of Science & Technology Collections, Stanford University Frankly, I hadn't expected to enjoy a book about failure nearly as much as I did. Jesper Juul brings many different fields of study to the table and provides an engaging learning experience. -- Brenda Brathwaite Romero, game designer, COO and Co-Founder of Loot Drop

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Jesper Juul is Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, and Visiting Associate Professor in Comparative Media Studies/Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds and A Casual Revolution: Reinventing Video Games and Their Players, both published by the MIT Press. Jesper Juul is Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, and Visiting Associate Professor in Comparative Media Studies/Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Half-Real: Video Games between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds and A Casual Revolution: Reinventing Video Games and Their Players, both published by the MIT Press. Mia Consalvo is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Game Studies and Design at Concordia University, Montreal. She is the author of Cheating: Gaining Advantage in Videogames (MIT Press) and Players and Their Pets: Gaming Communities from Beta to Sunset.

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Juul's essay is lean, pleasingly bold, and follows through on an intriguing premise. -Slate
So it's a fascinating time to examine the concept of failure in video games, and luckily the gaming academic Jesper Juul did just that in The Art of Failure: An Essay on the Pain of Playing Video Games, which was released in February by MIT Press as part of its Playful Thinking series.... Maybe the interesting question here isn't what failure in games does-as Juul acknowledges, it does different things for different people-but rather what creative new approaches developers can take to one of the oldest, most universal parts of the human experience. -Jesse Singal, Boston Globe

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