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"Bit By Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World" book release jawn

Join us for an evening of books, chiptune music, and of course video games. We will celebrate the publication of Andrew Ervin's "Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World" with an early look at Cleversoft Studio's epic game "EarthNight" and a performance by Chipocrite.

In "Bit by Bit," an acclaimed novelist and critic argues that video games are the most vital art form of our time. Ervin travels to government laboratories, junk shops, and arcades. He interviews scientists and game designers, both old and young. In charting the material and technological history of video games, from the 1950s to the present, he suggests that their appeal starts and ends with the sense of creativity they instill in gamers. As Ervin argues, games can be art because they are beautiful, moving, and even political.

The event will feature an early look at "EarthNight" with a live musical performance by the chiptune composer Chipocrite. The hugely anticipated, hand-painted, and procedurally generated runner "EarthNight" is coming soon from Cleversoft Studios. Endgadget has called it "the next great indie game."

Chipocrite, a.k.a. Paul Weinstein, uses original Nintendo Game Boys, often accompanied by bass, guitar, drums and/or other lo-fi sequencers, to create complex audio masterpieces. His multifaceted but catchy compositions combine the nostalgic game sounds of his childhood with modern music influences.

Penn Book Center
130 South 34th Street 19104
Philadelphia, PA
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