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Coin-Operated Americans: Rebooting Boyhood at the Video Game Arcade

Carly A. Kocurek


Coin-Operated Americans centers on the reframing of boyhood that took place in the popular discourse surrounding early video gaming, but it is not another story about young men. Rather, it charts Americans’ efforts to make sense of video gaming as an emergent medium through news coverage, films, television programs, and other media. The book explains how video gaming both challenged and reinforced existing ideals of masculinity, and how efforts by industry advocates and cultural critics alike to make sense of gaming helped shape and restrict gamer identity. Using diverse archival sources along ... More

Keywords: Video game history, Masculinity, Atari, PONG, Coin-op industry, Media studies, Arcades, American studies, Game studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816691821
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816691821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carly A. Kocurek, author
Illinois Institute of Technology