Coin-Op Americans Explores Cultural History Of Videogame Arcades

Posted On: 10/20/2015

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Coin-Operated Americans, Carly A. Kocurek A new book expounds on the cultural history and impact of videogame arcades. Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade tells the story of how video gaming emerged from the established coin-op industry, which consisted mainly of pinball machines, pool tables and shuffle alleys, to become an entertainment phenomenon that shaped the lives of generations of young men.

Relying on archival sources and interviews, author and cultural historian Carly A. Kocurek presents an intriguing portrait of coin-op games as they evolved from their first days to the present to become a significant force in American society.

Based in Chicago, Kocurek is an assistant professor of digital humanities and media studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She has researched and written extensively on coin-op videogames.

Coin-Operated Americans (University of Minnesota Press, 272 pages) is available on Amazon in hardcover ($80.50) and paperback ($19.35).