Are there any good books about videogames?

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  • ecu 1 Feb 2010 23:45:19 79,255 posts
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    Could do with some new bedtime reading.
  • ecu 2 Feb 2010 14:29:28 79,255 posts
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    I take it that's a "no" then?
  • opalw00t 2 Feb 2010 14:31:46 12,734 posts
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    What sort?

    Historical, design, cultural relevance?
  • BanjoMan 2 Feb 2010 14:32:39 13,693 posts
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    The Halo novels are alright, if that's what you mean.
  • the_dudefather 2 Feb 2010 14:41:37 10,075 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
  • boo 2 Feb 2010 14:42:04 12,805 posts
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  • boo 2 Feb 2010 14:43:00 12,805 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.
  • UncleLou Moderator 2 Feb 2010 14:43:02 37,647 posts
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    This, maybe? Not read it myself, mind.
  • Poorandugly 2 Feb 2010 14:47:12 554 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 26,528 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.
  • Deleted user 2 February 2010 14:50:27
    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 12,805 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.
  • Deleted user 2 February 2010 14:56:44
    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 15:00:04 554 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 1,310 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 32,518 posts
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    I seem to remember the Tetris story being quite a good read, all the legal wranglings over rights etc..
  • jonsaan 2 Feb 2010 16:03:52 26,476 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?
  • Deleted user 2 February 2010 16:12:10
    At least no-one watched that godawful tv series that J-Pod got made into.
  • opalw00t 2 Feb 2010 16:14:35 12,734 posts
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    I got this recently - brilliant.
  • jonsaan 2 Feb 2010 16:24:55 26,476 posts
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    I also really want to get hold of the Fantasy Art of Oliver Frey.
  • mrpon 2 Feb 2010 16:28:00 32,518 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.
  • Deleted user 2 February 2010 16:59:55
    RETROGRADE!
  • DrR0b3rts 2 Feb 2010 17:04:24 482 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 47,900 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 32,518 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

    NO! NO! NO! It can't be!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
  • President_Weasel 2 Feb 2010 17:33:24 11,946 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 11,946 posts
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    it's a good book, but it's sci fi with avatars and games rather than 'about games'
  • Deleted user 2 February 2010 21:03:10
    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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