10 Books For Gamers With A Taste For Knowledge

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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