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I've been thinking about writting a little book about video games. Nothing mainstream and probably just put up on one of them Print on demand book services but it got me thinking, do people even buy books about computer games, and is there even any out there? I really would like to fill my shelf with some just because gaming is a rather big part of my life.

I really can't think of many out there. There is GAME OVER (which i got for free and is now horribly dated) and apart from Trigger Happy and the Spectrum book in the retro folder i can't think of any more. Which is a bit of a shame for a hobby such as gaming. So are there any more worth checking out and reading?

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Masters of Doom is a great chronicle of the start of id Software, and the early lives and subsequent breakup of Carmack and Romero.

I find I don't buy too many books, simply because there aren't enough that interest me. Books trying to give a broad sweep of the history of gaming are useless to me because most of the stuff I already know, and that which I don't is likely to only be a few pages of sketchy info. I want detail, not quick facts, so more books focusing on individuals and companies, please. :)

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"raising the bar" the story of half life 2 were a decent read with pictures and everything .

hardback , seems to have gone up in price since i last seen it languashing in bargin bins .

70+ quid on amazon market place.

70+ of your english pounds?? Better be a bloody pop-up book of the whole of Black Mesa for that sort of money!

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Power Up was an interesting read, limited to Nintendo and Square/Enix. But filled in some things I had no idea about.

I agree with this. Also get the excellent 'The First Quarter' by Stephen L Kent for a US-centric take on the industry.

Slightly OT - but videogames do feature in it - I fully recommend 'Toy Wars' by G. Wayne Miller.

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I agree with this. Also get the excellent 'The First Quarter' by Stephen L Kent for a US-centric take on the industry.

Slightly OT - but videogames do feature in it - I fully recommend 'Toy Wars' by G. Wayne Miller.

I almost forgot to mention 'Arcade Fever' by John Sellers. It's not the deepest of books but it has some wonderful pictures and interesting trivia and for some strange reason it feels like something I bought as a kid in the 80s.

So for nostalgia points it gets: 100%.

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I agree with this. Also get the excellent 'The First Quarter' by Stephen L Kent for a US-centric take on the industry.

Slightly OT - but videogames do feature in it - I fully recommend 'Toy Wars' by G. Wayne Miller.

I've been recommended that before, will have a search.

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Game Over was great, but gaming books look like tedious shit. Do people read a lot of books about music and film? I know I don't, and don't want to.

I did buy the Shadow of the Colossus art book. I looked at it for five minutes now it's nestled on my shelf, below Richard Herring's 'Talking Cock'.

Mr. Sack, do you really think you could write an interesting book about the industry? You'd have to be an insider to make it even slightly intriguing, surely?

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I got that Raising the Bar book for fifteen quid off Amazon four years back.

But other than that, no, haven't bought any game-related books.

I bought that book off of somebody over on NTSC_UK.

The postage was about the same as he charged me. I think he was really gutted about it and said he should have just thrown it away. Glad he didn't though as it's a great read.

One of the old Edge mags a couple of years back had a big article about the good gaming books. I had quite a few they listed there although some of them go for silly money now.

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Mr. Sack, do you really think you could write an interesting book about the industry? You'd have to be an insider to make it even slightly intriguing, surely?

Not to most writters standards but as a little project it could be a fun thing to do, might even start it off as a blog of some kind. It's just an idea that's been going round my head for some time. But theres so many things you can talk about when it comes to games. Doesn't have to have inside knowlege (although i've done my fair share of working in the games industry) if you pick the right topic and doesn't have to be a re-telling of how PlayStation was born either.

There is loads of books based on movies, from the history of it all to film to book conversions of Final Destination 3, i guess it really depends if you find the subject matter of the book interesting. People who buy gaming books i think are probably hardcore gamers, who go onto forums and play online games. So you'd probably be best targetting them.

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Although slightly biased I found Revolutionaries At Sony a fascinating read. Other than that I'd thoroughly recommend the aforementioned First Quarter, still the best book out there about the birth of videogames. Heavily US centric of course and in serious need of an update. Game Over is also a really good read but most of it is covered in First Quarter anyway. Whilst Trigger Happy was good in its day it's not dated too well.

What kind of book do you want to write?

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What kind of book do you want to write?

Really not sure yet. Either a fun easy to read book thats a bit more coffee table style, or an insiders view of the industry. Before i worked in the games industry there was always two views online 'its great you play games' or 'it's really horrible and boring and crap and the worst job ever!' Without really going into much detail. But i used to (at least 5 years back) have a gaming website, writting reviews for games and editorials and i really enjoyed doing that, but theres no way i could make a site like that now, so a blog or a small print run book could be fun.

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Little bit off topic, but I've got a Japanese language book from someone here called "Gameworks" all about the development of the major Sega games of the mid 80's, e.g. Space Harrier / Outrun / Afterburner, etc. Lots of glossy pictures of the cabinets plus screenshots. And it comes with a disc with emulated versions of the games, I think for the Jap DC. Its brilliant.

I also have another Japanese language book with every screenshot from FFVII plus a narrative (albeit in Japanese). For a FFVII lover its porn, basically.

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Game Over was great, but gaming books look like tedious shit. Do people read a lot of books about music and film? I know I don't, and don't want to.

I do. I recently got Peter Biskind's book on Miramax, Down and Dirty Pictures, and his Easy Riders, Raging Bulls is supposed to be excellent too. Lots of interesting music books out there too.

Little bit off topic, but I've got a Japanese language book from someone here called "Gameworks" all about the development of the major Sega games of the mid 80's, e.g. Space Harrier / Outrun / Afterburner, etc. Lots of glossy pictures of the cabinets plus screenshots. And it comes with a disc with emulated versions of the games, I think for the Jap DC. Its brilliant.

For a couple of years the library near my secondary school had a great art book (with both Japanese and English text) called Sega Video Game Illustrations, which covered a lot of 8 and 16 bit games. I got it out a couple of times before it got nicked from the library. :)

In one of that library's sales I also bought a 1994 book tie-in to C&VG magazine (it had that famous Rise of the Robots render on the cover, and includes a development diary for Bullfrog's Magic Carpet!), and another one compiling Mean Machines reviews. I didn't buy either magazine at the time, so the books make quite an interesting look back at early '90s multi-format magazines in Britain.

As for other art books, if the price quoted earlier is right, looks like I've missed out on Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar. So I'd better get the Okami art book ASAP!

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Ive a few, Trigger happy, Game Over, This Gaming Life, The Halo Novels, and the excellent Spectrum and c64 books (see Retro folder for more details - both must buys) and probobly a handfull of others.

I jsut read the excellent 'The Elfish Gene' about a coventry lads Dungeons and Dragons addiction which is reccommended and in a similar vein.

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I have Trigger Happy, Masters of Doom and The XBox 360 Uncloaked.

Masters of Doom is the best read on videogames there is, if you want a good story.

The XBox 360 Uncloaked is pretty much essential if you love reading about the console 'war' as it gives a great insight into how decisions are made at MS's Entertainment Division and what their goals are; also, what might have been. On this note, I'd also mention Revolutionaries at Sony, it's the same story, except at Sony. Someone needs to write the Nintendo equivalent.

Trigger Happy is my favourite videogame book, but we all know about that one.

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I really can't think of many out there. There is GAME OVER (which i got for free and is now horribly dated)

Is that the one that came with Arcade magazine? I wouldn't mind a follow up of that since it only covers up to the SNES era.

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