By Chris Baker | January 17, 2008 | 2:12:41 PM
Two great books that should be on every gamer's virtual bookshelf, are now available for free in PDF form.
"My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World" by Julian Dibbel is a 1998 book that records the author's experiences in the early text-only online community LambdaMOO. The centerpiece of the book is a chapter that recounts a cyberrape, and how the LambdaMOO users attempted to punish the perpetrator.
"Trigger Happy: The Inner Life of Video Games" by Steven Poole from 2000 examines titles like Metal Gear Solid, Tomb Raider and Ape Escape. Poole has lots of insights on topics like representation and interaction that still feel fresh today.
You can download both books from Game|Life.