Take A Look! It's In A Book! 2012-10-11 17:27:16
That thread title make you nostalgia a little bit? Let me ask you something then... how long has it been since you have sat down and read a book? Yeah, I know gamers already take up video games as their main hobby or preferred art form to study... I know I have. However you have to keep in mind that there are other art forms out there such as movies, television, music, and books.
However the funny thing is, video games seem to have come into all of these other forms. Not so much movies, but television... there are a variety of video game related shows here on the Internet, from Zero Punctuation and Extra Credits to name two. The music department is already filled, everybody who loves video games, loves video game music to some extent. So that leaves just books.
There are actually a lot of books written about video games and I'm not talking about strategy guides, magazines, comic books, or web comics. I am talking about books related to video games. How many of you read video game literature or even know about it? Not that many I imagine. Well I'm gonna do you a favor and share two here for you.
By: H.G. Wells
This is pretty much where video games started. Before the computer, before the table-top RPGs, before Magic the gathering. There was Floor Games and Little Wars. I would recommend Little Wars more and see Floor Games as a companion book to Little Wars, but we're gonna get to that.
Floor Games is pretty much H.G. Wells observing the theory and reasoning behind children playing games with little miniatures and props. Little Wars is a rule book for having miniature wars with small soldiers and other props. If you're interested in video games, especially table-top RPGs, strategy games, western RPGs, JRPGs, or if you're looking to get into being a game designer, then this is a book you should read.
Without this we would not have had other table-top strategy games, we wouldn't even have Dungeons & Dragons. Shoot in a 2004 re-release of this book, Gary Gygax one of the creators of D&D wrote the foreword for it. It is a really old book so you can read it online for free since it is practically in the public domain. You have no reason not to.
By: Harold Goldberg
Yes, that is this book's real title. Pretty much a nice beginning to the history of video games. You get to learn the early beginnings of Mario, Link, King's Quest, Ultima, Bioshock, and more. The concept name for Crash Bandicoot was "Sonic's Ass". Didn't know that? Why that name? Well you should pick up the book and read about it. Like I said it's an introductory book.
Now there are other books out there such as , , , and just to name a few more.
1. What video game books have you read?
2. What non-video game books have you read?
3. Did you scroll down to this section first before reading the thread?
4. Do you read the books in The Elder Scrolls games?
5. Do you write books in Minecraft?
6. Did the Reading Rainbow theme pop into your head when you read the title?