Trigger Happy For Free

Steven Poole has released his excellent book Trigger Happy completely freely.

Available as a pdf, the whole thing can be yours without paying a penny, and even better, with no DRM (digital restrictions management) at all.

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Poole describes the book thusly,

“Trigger Happy is a book about the aesthetics of videogames — what they share with cinema, the history of painting, or literature; and what makes them different, in terms of form, psychology and semiotics. It was first published in 2000; this is the revised edition with the updated Afterword written in 2004. It’s offered under a CC license, for a limited time only. I’m not sure how limited that time will be, so grab it while it’s hot.”

For more comments on Poole’s fantastic work, and his freely published Edge columns, check out Kieron’s previous post on the matter. And you can read the entire book with whichever pdf app you like the bestest, via Steven’s site.

RPS loves you, Steven Poole. (Big thanks to Aidan for pointing this out to us).


  1. bread says:

    Nice initiative :)

    And quoting from the blog “please do not hotlink to the file directly” … ;)

  2. Steven says:

    To be fair to John, I only added that request this morning. ;)

    Thanks for helping to put the word out!

  3. Grobi says:

    Grahh, I just bought this book!

  4. drunkymonkey says:

    I used this book as part of my Media Studies A-Level coursework, and from what I read it was entertaining, and thought-provoking. I’m downloading this now.