My copy of "1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die" arrived today and although I've still not had a proper look at it, I have skimmed though it and thought I'd let you guys know what I thought, since some of you seemed interested in it.
First off, I'd say don't think of this as an actual list of the 1001 best games ever. It's more like a catalogue of gaming history. There are going to be games you'd expect to be in here that aren't and then you're going to think "Wait, they have room for WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2010 but they don't have room for the Star Ocean series?!" The book is also more focused on games from 2000 onwards. About Half of the book is games from 1970-2000 and the other half is games from 2000-2010. It is split into sections though, one for each decade.
At the front of the book you've got a big index that has all the games in alphabetical order. At the back of the books there's another sort of index that has developers in alphabetical order and then lists each of their games that are featured in the book. I suppose that can be handy because if you find a game in here that you're not familiar with but like the look of, you could always see if that developer has any other games featured in the book. I'm also pretty certain that you will come across games you're unfamiliar with. There are a lot of games in here that I hadn't heard of before and a lot of games I had heard of but didn't really know anything about.
I'd say it's definitely worth the Â£12 I spent on it though. It's a nice little catalogue of video games and it's the kind of thing that would make a perfect gift to any gamer who's interested in games from all eras. If someone gave me this as a Christmas gift for example, I'd be really happy to receive it. You could flick through this thing for hours, reading about some random games you've come across before. Plus, as someone who collects video games, it's just a nice book to have sitting on my shelf if I'm looking for ideas of what games to look out for.