10 Books For Gamers With A Taste For Knowledge

By David Savage in Features
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm
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SmartBomb
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.


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Masters Of Doom
How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
By: 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.



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Game Boys 
Triumph, Heartbreak, and the Quest for Cash in the Battleground of Competitive Videogaming
By: 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.



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Vintage Games
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.


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The Ultimate History of Video Games
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.
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