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Top 10 Video Game Books

Post by 8bitgamer » Sun May 18, 2008 7:55 am

The new issue of Game Informer has a listing of the top 10 video game books of all time:

1. Masters of Doom
2. Phoenix The Fall & Rise of Videogames
3. Snow Crash
4. The Ultimate History of Video Games
5. Confessions of the Game Doctor
6. Opening the Xbox
7. Lucky Wander Boy
8. Game Over: Press Start to Continue
9. A Theory of Fun for Game Design
10. High Score: The Illustrated History of Electronic Games

Agree? Disagree?

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Post by paranoid marvin » Sun May 18, 2008 8:00 am

The only 2 books I have are the C64 and Speccy books by Andrew Rollings & Merman - oh , and all my back issues of RG
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Re: Top 10 Video Game Books

Post by necronom » Sun May 18, 2008 8:35 am

8bitgamer wrote:
Agree? Disagree?
The most important thing for me is if the books are from the UK or not. If they are, I'd be interested in reading them, if not they will probably be from America and not mention most of what I've had experience of.

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Post by Mayhem » Sun May 18, 2008 8:52 am

All of them are American from what I know, but everyone should read Rolenta's Fall and Rise of Videogames, and the Nintendo Game Over book, they are both excellent.
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Post by Elgin_McQueen » Sun May 18, 2008 8:57 am

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Post by hydr0x » Sun May 18, 2008 12:01 pm

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I've got that, but haven't read it yet. The Ultimate History of Video Games is a great read though :)

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Post by sscott » Sun May 18, 2008 1:38 pm

hydr0x wrote:
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I've got that, but haven't read it yet. The Ultimate History of Video Games is a great read though :)
It is a good book. The Ultimate History of video Games though is a great in-depth read and deserves a place in the top 10. I have at least 20 retro game books and the problem with many is they try to cover too much, particular best ever style books which give horribly repetitive/generic reviews that offer nothing new. Supercade is a good pick up and flick book. Just got a book for my birthday entitiled 'Gamers: Writers, Artists & programmers on the pleasures of pixels'
Have no idea if it's any good. It looks a bit odd.
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Post by sirclive1 » Sun May 18, 2008 2:58 pm

trigger happy should be in the top 10 somewhere.
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Post by EvilArmourKing » Mon May 19, 2008 4:32 am

I have got :


The Ultimate History of Video Games

Game Over: Press Start to Continue

High Score: The Illustrated History of Electronic Games


Of those, I much prefer The Ultimate History of Video Games as it covers sooooo much, as opposed to Game Over which is mostly Nintendo and Sega (don't quote me though, as it's been bloody aeons since I last read it)!

The Illustrated History of Electronic Games is more game art porn than a factual an interesting read. Fab coffee table style book though.
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Mon May 19, 2008 7:45 am

EvilArmourKing wrote:Game Over which is mostly Nintendo and Sega (don't quote me though, as it's been bloody aeons since I last read it)!
That is rather the point of the book, being Nintendo specific. Its not meant to cover other companies, other than for historical comparisons.

Supercade deserves to be up there.

I know Trigger Happy is a marmite book, but I've read it 3 times so I'd include it.

Masters of Doom is a better read than it ought to be and I'd recommend it to anyone.

I'll also add Electronic Plastic, at least until Darran takes the hint and starts covering tabletop/handheld games ;)
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Post by RocketRanger » Mon May 19, 2008 8:42 am

These may also be the only ten books that the author of the original article has read on the subject.

Trigger Happy is great if you don't know anything about video-games, otherwise it just re-iterates a bunch of things you probably already knew. If you didn't already know that, for example, Tomb Raider was a game featuring Lara Croft who had big boobies why would you be reading the book? Unless you especially like to have those well known facts churned out in over-the-top-I've-got-an-English-Literature-degree-or-pyschology-degree-and-therefore-over-analyse-every-single-bloody-thing language. Yes I bought a copy.

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Post by Panic Button » Mon May 19, 2008 11:03 am

The out of print 'Electronic Plastic' - the bible for handheld electronic games of the late 70s and early 80s. Great layout and design!

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Post by GarryG » Mon May 19, 2008 12:20 pm

I'd recommend picking up a copy of 'Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition', there actualy a lot of good stuff in there.

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Post by Frank Chickens » Mon May 19, 2008 1:19 pm

sirclive1 wrote:trigger happy should be in the top 10 somewhere.
I have this. It reads like a thesis turned into a book, it's very dry and uninteresting.

A few of my faves:

Micromania - Charles Platt and David Langford
Invasion of the Space Invaders - Martin Amis
Extra Life: Coming of Age in Cyberspace - David Bennahum
Game Over - How Nintendo Dominated an Industry - David Sheff


While not in videogames the following two come highly recommended:

In Search of Stupidity - Merrill R. Chapman
Accidental Empires - Robert X. Cringely
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Mon May 19, 2008 2:11 pm

Frank Chickens wrote:
sirclive1 wrote:trigger happy should be in the top 10 somewhere.
I have this. It reads like a thesis turned into a book, it's very dry and uninteresting.
I thought the exact opposite. I found the psychology behind gaming fascinating and it was interesting to read an academic study of something generally considered frivolous.
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