Are there any good books about videogames?

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  • ecureuil 1 Feb 2010 23:45:19 76,534 posts
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    Could do with some new bedtime reading.
  • ecureuil 2 Feb 2010 14:29:28 76,534 posts
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    I take it that's a "no" then?
  • w00t 2 Feb 2010 14:31:46 11,053 posts
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    What sort?

    Historical, design, cultural relevance?

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  • BanjoMan 2 Feb 2010 14:32:39 13,730 posts
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    The Halo novels are alright, if that's what you mean.

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  • the_dudefather 2 Feb 2010 14:41:37 9,208 posts
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    Want to know how to set up a pc to use the intenet in 1996 and kill noobs online? this is the book for you

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  • boo 2 Feb 2010 14:42:04 11,706 posts
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  • boo 2 Feb 2010 14:43:00 11,706 posts
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    There's a few...

    Supercade and Kent's The Ultimate History Of Videogames are both pretty good.

    Poole's Trigger Happy is good, if a little dry.

    Nice coffee table book is High Score! by Rusel Demaria & Johnny L. Wilson.

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  • UncleLou Moderator 2 Feb 2010 14:43:02 35,433 posts
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    This, maybe? Not read it myself, mind.
  • Poorandugly 2 Feb 2010 14:47:12 553 posts
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    Dungeons and Desktops, perhaps? Haven't read it myself yet, but have been meaning to.

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  • mal 2 Feb 2010 14:49:09 22,341 posts
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    I've got a copy of the book Stephen Poole wrote, but I've not read it yet. I also have a copy of I am 8-bit which is very good and is computer game-related. Not a lot of reading material in there mind you.

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  • kalel 2 Feb 2010 14:50:27 86,421 posts
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    If you want a novel, Jpod by Douglas Coupland is about a group of games designers. Sadly it's a bad example of his work in truth.
  • boo 2 Feb 2010 14:52:56 11,706 posts
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    I quite liked J-Pod.

    Microserfs is probably still my favourite, though I don't think there's any of his that I haven't liked.

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  • kalel 2 Feb 2010 14:56:44 86,421 posts
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    boo wrote:
    I quite liked J-Pod.

    Microserfs is probably still my favourite, though I don't think there's any of his that I haven't liked.

    Jpod just felt like a second rate Microserfs to me, which was a great book and highly reccomended to the geek readers out there.

    I think Girlfriend in a Coma is my fave. I have to say I think his last 4 books at least have been not up to scratch, in fact I think GiaC may actually be the last one I thought was excellent. The odd one was an interesting distraction (Gum Thief) but I think he's run out of ideas, which is why he's now doing pseudo-sequels to his older good books.
  • Poorandugly 2 Feb 2010 15:00:04 553 posts
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    I actually liked J-Pod better than Microserfs, but then I read J-Pod first so that could have something to do with it. I agree they are very much alike, but J-Pod feels like a contemporary update (in a good way) rather than a sequel.
  • corimi 2 Feb 2010 15:01:30 1,311 posts
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    The book that accompanied the Game On exhibition a few years back was a pretty good read from a historical / cultural POV. Can't seem to see it on Amazon though, and there's another book called Game On which isn't it. Helpful eh?

    If you're interested in game design I enjoyed this: Rules of Play
  • mrpon 2 Feb 2010 15:59:51 28,495 posts
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    I seem to remember the Tetris story being quite a good read, all the legal wranglings over rights etc..

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  • jonsaan 2 Feb 2010 16:03:52 25,326 posts
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    The Patchet Novel 'Only you can save mankind' is great. That and the one about the rise of Nintendo. Game Over?

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    At least no-one watched that godawful tv series that J-Pod got made into.
  • w00t 2 Feb 2010 16:14:35 11,053 posts
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    I got this recently - brilliant.

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  • jonsaan 2 Feb 2010 16:24:55 25,326 posts
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    I also really want to get hold of the Fantasy Art of Oliver Frey.

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  • mrpon 2 Feb 2010 16:28:00 28,495 posts
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    Thankyou jonsaan! That will somehow fill the void in my life since I binned (read: forced to) my Crash mag collection.

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  • DrR0b3rts 2 Feb 2010 17:04:24 469 posts
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    I still haven't got over discovering the 'other' type of illustration Oliver Frey did.
  • Syrette 2 Feb 2010 17:05:01 43,124 posts
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    Loads, I'll dig out my dissertation bibliography if I can find it.

  • mrpon 2 Feb 2010 17:20:05 28,495 posts
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    DrR0b3rts wrote:
    I still haven't got over discovering the 'other' type of illustration Oliver Frey did.
    /googles

    O_O

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  • President_Weasel 2 Feb 2010 17:33:24 8,984 posts
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    Jim Rossignol out of off of Rock Paper Shotgun wrote a book about games, "This Gaming Life". I haven't read it, but the boy Rossignol can write a bit, and knows his games - I suspect it will be well worth a read.
  • President_Weasel 2 Feb 2010 20:56:35 8,984 posts
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    it's a good book, but it's sci fi with avatars and games rather than 'about games'
  • Mr-Brett 2 Feb 2010 21:03:10 12,723 posts
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    There's one about old Lucas arts games, meant to be pretty good. I think lucky jim gave some impression in a thread here somewhere...

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