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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Gamer Theory
By: McKenzie Wark

Unlike the others on this list, Gamer Theory is not about the history of games or the business of games, it is about the philosophy of games. The author tries to connect the dots between games and reality by relating to popular games and dissecting what they represent. It's an interesting book that's criticism is split down the middle.


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Game Over
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By: Stephen Leeb

Game Over takes you into the cutthroat world of Nintendo, telling the true tale of how they took the video game world by storm. From Mario to Tetris, the book chronicles the companies struggles of international business and competition.



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Arcade Mania
The Turbo-charged World of Japan's Game Centers
By: Brian Ashcraft and Jean Snow

Co-written by Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft, Arcade Mania takes you inside the world of Japanese arcades. The book is beautifully organized, using tons of pictures to give a visual representation, showing the differences between the dead American arcades and the thriving world of Japan's game dens.


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Opening the Xbox
Inside Microsoft's Plan to Unleash an Entertainment Revolution
By: Dean Takahashi

Takahashi takes his readers behind the red curtain of Microsoft's entry into the video game console industry, sparing no detail on the business and personal drama. Anyone who's interested in Microsoft and how they managed to successfully become one of the largest players in the gaming world should read this book.


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On the Edge
The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore
By: Brian Bagnall

The Commodore is one of the most forgotten video game consoles of all time. Though for those who owned one and the people who programmed with it, it is one of the most influential pieces of technology. On the Edge documents the entire history of the Commodore, giving insight and closure into one of technology's most untold stories.
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