Winning Is the Only Thing

TITLE: GAME OVER

AUTHOR: DAVID SHEFF

PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE; 445 PAGES; $25

THE BOTTOM LINE: An engaging book explains how Nintendo made millions stealing children's brains.

Baseball isn't America's pastime. Nintendo is America's pastime. Baseball is full of management lockouts, under-.500 expansion clubs, and superstar cads who actually sell their autographs. To many, it has lost its power to truly spellbind and has become just another disenchanted thing in a world with a depressing deficit of magic. But watch a child playing Nintendo. See the way it ensnares the attention, engages the imagination. It's the modern, rough equivalent of how a...

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