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War Is Not a Game…

By Mike Everleth ⋅ May 31, 2006

Book cover featuring a video game soldier aiming his gun

…Unless of course, it’s a video game.

Former New York Underground Film Festival head honcho and all around underground film know-it-all, Ed Halter has written a book about the connection between gaming and war, From Sun Tzu to XBox.

From the book’s official promotional website:

From Sun Tzu to Xbox is a definitive history of the longstanding relationship between games and military culture, from wargaming’s roots in ancient civilizations, to the Cold War development of computing for battle, to a recent crop of Pentagon-funded shoot-’em-ups, big-budget commercial titles and homemade hacks.

The book is available now (Amazon link here), but there will be a release party in NYC on Thursday, June 15. If you’re in town, go (I would):

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The New Museum Store
556 W 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

More info on the party here.

Ed kept a great and informative blog about the book at War and Video Games.