I recently bought some new video game books to add to my collection and of course read. I wanted to share them with you.
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Video Game Books
I haven’t read any of the books yet but when I do they will be reviewed on SMS Nonfiction Book Reviews. Below I will introduce you to them.
A History of Video Games in 64 Objects by World Video Game Hall of Fame
Dey Street Books (2018)
The book starts at 1947 with a Humpty Dumpty pinball machine that was believed to be a gateway to gambling and was technically illegal to use till 1976. It ends with a game called That Dragon, Cancer made in 2016.
In between, more well known games are talked about such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Donkey Kong, Pokemon Go, The Sims, Mortal Kombat, Atari, Pacman and of course Super Mario Bros.
Full colour photos are included of the game systems and images of what the games looked like while playing in some cases.
We Love Mario!: Fantastic Facts, Game Reviews and Character Profiles
Carlton Books (2019)
This is a book designed for ages 7 and up. It is full colour and starts with the WHO of Mario including his first appearance and stats.
It’s a count down from Super Mario Bros on the NES (1985) which was the first full Mario game to Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch (2017).
The Gaming Mind: A New Psychology of Videogames and the Power of Play
The Experiment (2020)
This book is by a psychotherapist who has dealt with videogame addiction although he doesn’t agree with that term. He has seen how video games affect others. However he has also seen the good they can do.
This looks to be an interesting read.
“The Gaming Mind disrupts our assumptions about “gamers” and explores how gaming can be good for us. It offers guidance for parents, clinicians, and the rest of us to better understand the gaming mind.”The back of the book
The Tetris Effect: The Game that Hypnotized the World by Dan Ackerman
Public Affairs (2016)
“Tetris is perhaps the most instantly recognizable, popular video game ever made. But how did an obscure Soviet programmer, working on frail, antiquated computers, create a product which has now earned nearly 1 billion in sales? How did a makeshift game turn into a worldwide sensation, which has been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, inspired a big-budget sci-fi movie, and been played in outer space?”From the Summary
The author is a journalist and editor at CNET. He tells the amazing story of the game of Tetris. It’s a wild journey and it’s crazy how popular it is. There are no pictures but it seems like an interesting story with lots of twists and turns.
Other Video Game Books
I own other game books too that I just haven’t gotten around to reading:
- Grand Theft Childhood
- Console Wars
- The Brief History of Video Games
- Reality is Broken
- Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America
If you love video games but need a break from playing them, reading about them is the next best thing.