Porn & Pong: How Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider and other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture

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Porn & Pong: How Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider and other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture

“A stimulating look at two of today’s most controversial subjects. . . . Sure to amaze and titillate anyone who’s ever hoisted a videogame controller.”—CNN Tech Correspondent Scott Steinberg

No book until Porn & Pong has explored how pornography and video games have influenced America’s sexual mores and technological compulsions on a massive scale.

The first Atari systems and their phallic joysticks began to sell by the million along with the rise of the VCR and the modern porn industry. Reality TV skyrocketed the same year as The Sims, and the surgically endowed Pamela Anderson was only outshined by one other woman: Lara Croft.

Porn & Pong’s publication comes at the time of the release of several highly anticipated adult-oriented games, including a new Leisure Suit Larry, Tomb Raider, and the sequel to the most controversial video game of all time, Grand Theft Auto. Author Damon Brown examines how politics, hidden agendas, and financial pressure affect the controversial art forms of gaming and pornography.

Damon Brown writes for Playboy, Spin, New York Post, and the Inspector Gadget column for PlanetOut, the largest gay and lesbian website.


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R. Taylor "Roro" says:

Thoughtful and well-written A thoughtful, in-depth look at sexuality in the gaming world. Is it so very different from Las Vegas? Advertising? The voyeurism of movies? Do these things shape us or are they a manifestation of our collective urgings? Mr. Brown has a way of holding up the mirror to our most private selves and in allowing us to provide that answer, keeps us from retreating to an earlier comfort zone. Well written, as is most any offering by this author.


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