Over my blogging adventure I have dedicated a majority of these posts about the discussion of videogames and the events the surrounds videogames themselves, but I have yet set some time aside to talk about other media that focuses on videogames. With the new school year just around the corner I think it is only right to provide all inquisitive minds a list of books about videogames that I have enjoyed.
The first book is called, Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood by Jamie Russell and follows the development of videogames from the early games of Pong through out this current gaming generation with a focus on the videogame’s evolution from pixel blocks to an interactive experience with top of the line graphics and the interaction the gaming industry had with Hollywood over the past decades. I will say it when the book started talked about the Spielberg’s ET game for the Atari 2600 and the infamous Super Mario Bros. movie it was like reading a great suspense/disaster book, the kind where you already knew how it was going to end.
The next book is about the history of one of the oddest juggernauts of the videogame world, the one and only Nintendo. Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America by Jeff Ryan is all about Nintendo’s ups and downs of entering into the new frontier of the arcade market and their transition to the home consoles market from the original Famicon the DS handheld and Wii.
It is a bit bias towards Nintendo but it still gives a satisfactory back story of all of the best Nintendo’s greatest hits and when I got to the chapter about the N64 I was hit by waves and waves and waves of nostalgia.
Up next is a series titled Well Played 1.0: Video Games, Value and Meaning and it currently has three installments and each book is a collection short essays that are all about overanalyzing the various writers’ favorite games. While some of the essays may be hit or miss based on you personal taste and gaming history the first two installment are free to download for the people who have a Kindle or the Kindle App on your phone or tablet.
If you are not a fan of reading book, shame on you, but I would recommend the documentary Indie Game: The Movie, which shows the behind the scenes of the three biggest game developers in the indie game community; Team Meat, Johnathan Blow (creator of Braid) and Phil Fish (creator of Fez). Showing the hardships they all had when making their videogames. Recently the movie released a DLC pack that offers more short films and provides a continued epilogue of the three game developers after their games made it big.
While we are on the topic I have to ask, what is your favorite book or movie that is about videogames? After reading all of these books I am looking for recommendation for more, currently I have my eyes out for Pikachu’s Global Adventure: The Rise and Fall of Pokémon. I am always open for suggestions, feel free to leave a comment down below.
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