By David Savage in Features
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm
The Quest for Art, Entertainment, and Big Bucks in the Videogame Revolution
By: Heather Chaplin & Aaron Ruby
SmartBomb is a compilation of profiles and stories of some of the most influential people in the video game industry. From Miyamoto to Cliffy B, Chaplin and Ruby do a great job of giving people an inside look into the bright and dark side of the industry.
How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop CultureBy: David Kushner
Masters of Doom doesn't just tell the career story of John Carmack and John Romero's meteoric rise to the top of the video game industry; it tells their personal stories, how they got to where they are today and how they changed the world.
Triumph, Heartbreak, and the Quest for Cash in the Battleground of Competitive VideogamingBy: Michael Kane
Game Boys blurs the line between professional sports and professional gaming by documenting the journeys and rivalry of two of the greatest Counter-Strike teams.
An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time
By: Bill Loguidice & Matt Barton
Vintage Games does a wonderful job of segmenting and profiling the most influential video games of all time. This is the easiest book on the list to read because its great organization.
From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World
By: Steven L. Kent
This is without a doubt the most high-profile book on this list. Basically a print encyclopedia for video games with over 600 pages giving readers a look at everything in the industry, from the beginning to the turn of the millennium. The Ultimate History of Video Games is a must-read for anyone looking to get the most information for their cash.