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Attack! Boss! Cheat Code!: A Gamer’s Alphabet
by Chris Barton

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    List Price: $14.95
    Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9781576877012
    Imprint: POW! Kids Books
    Publisher: POW! Kids Books
    Parent Company: powerHouse Books
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    Book Description:
    Bone up on your gaming knowledge with this gently ironic yet thoroughly informative guide to video game terminology, presented as a picture book for all ages. Attack! Boss! Cheat Code! A Gamer’s ABC is an indispensable guide, a lively look at the language of video games that might actually bridge the gap between game-obsessed kids and their often-perplexed parents.

    If you can decipher the following sentence, you don’t need this book:

    "This open beta game is in third-person but first-person is unlockable if you know the cheat code or install your own mod, but either way, for the best attack on the boss on this level, try to grab that power-up!"

    Almost any 9-year old could translate for you but if you don’t have access to one, try this book instead.

    Video games are the dominant form of pop culture today, a $75 billion industry worldwide, and an inescapable part of modern living. Don’t be left out! A quick perusal of Attack! Boss! Cheat Code! is all you need to get in the game. Brilliantly colorful illustrations by video game artist Joey Spiotto vividly embody the terminology of video games, bringing the world of video games to life. Lucid definitions make terms clear and understandable, even for non-players.

    Presented as an alphabet, Attack! Boss! Cheat Code! is also an entertaining visual history and glossary of gaming, providing a solid understanding of terms that have made their way into everyday language, from to "mod" to "RPG."

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