The Media Snatcher

From Platform Studies

The Media Snatcher


By Carl Therrien

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Forthcoming from the MIT Press

Pre-Order Hardcover

$30.00 S | £22.50 ISBN: 9780262042901 208 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 25 b&w photos


  • “Delightfully rich in technical and historical detail, The Media Snatcher illuminates a pivotal and previously underexamined platform. Therrien navigates the impact of CD-ROM technology on the distinct aesthetics of early digital games as they gained the technical capacity to reference a wider audio visual aesthetic. Significantly, this important work highlights how the new audiovisual elements of games often explicitly addressed a specifically heteronormative male audience.”

    Tom Apperley

    Senior Research Fellow, Tampere University, Finland

  • “Therrien leaves no stone unturned in piecing together the complex history of Hudson Soft and NEC's TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine system. Often overlooked by researchers and players in favor of consoles from Sega and Nintendo, the TurboGrafx is revealed to be an ambitious and innovative design that sought to combine the flexibility of the PC with the simplicity of the console. It is clear that the TurboGrafx-16 is a must-play platform just as this is a must-read book!”

    James Newman

    Professor of Digital Media, Bath Spa University, UK