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  • purcaru-bogdan - March 9, 2014 11:11 a.m.

    Try "Games vs. Hardware. A history of PC gaming: The 80's" on Amazon
  • Elgyem - February 12, 2014 2:51 p.m.

    Still no mention of Ready Player One?
  • jedisamurai - February 5, 2014 8:04 p.m.

    I got a pre-release copy of All Your Base Are Belong To Us and greatly enjoyed it. I also am a big fan of Ready Player One. For a fun overview of modern gaming I actually enjoy the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition as well, though it's very basic review for someone like me (I admit it, I enjoy the pretty pictures). I have yet to find my definitely game history book, but 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die is probably the best I've seen yet. I'm dying to get my hands on The History of Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • watevermanimlost - February 4, 2014 9:28 p.m.

    Henry the first slide should have been the Lusty Argonian maid.
  • masterjoe123 - January 31, 2014 5:17 p.m.

    If you want some fiction about video games, I recommend the book "Ready Player One." It is an excellent novel.
  • RayPaw - February 1, 2014 9:09 p.m.

    Lucky Wander Boy is similarly excellent: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0452283949/?tag=gredit-20
  • universaltofu - January 31, 2014 3:11 p.m.

    One I have is called 'Reality is Broken : why games make us better and how they can change the world' by Jane McGonigal, not so much about video games as it is games in general and how we can incorporate play into our lives in various ways. Good list though, gaming history is worth knowing, keeping, and sharing. Though critical path seems cool, I mean, this is something that is appealing to me, but doesn't have the most tangible steps to get to it. There's a lot of those I guess, hard to conceptualize as an outsider, but people obviously are doing something somewhere and making things happen.
  • Elgyem - May 2, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    Though this is very different from what you have here, "Ready Player One" is a neat read. Its a sci-fi novel steeped in obscure arcade lore that I quite frankly find pretty cool.
  • rolenta - May 2, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    Don't forget Phoenix: The Fall & Rise of Videogames, the first and most comprehensive book on the history of videogames. Named by Game Informer as the #2 videogame book of all time (after Masters of Doom). The 4th edition will be available within a year.
  • bamit11 - May 2, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    Another good book is Fun Inc. by Tom Chatfield. While it is more about gaming today, it does have some history in it.
  • profile0000 - April 30, 2013 12:06 p.m.

    Confession time. I own a copy of Critical Path, but haven't ever opened it. Sorry, Dan. Maybe some day... I have to say though, "All Your Base Are Belong To Us" was a fantastic read, and Kent's "Ultimate History of Video Games" was a great one as well.
  • zelta38 - April 30, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    Thank you! GR is one of the few video game sites that actually actively discusses games with a historical perspective extending beyond the major blockbusters 5 years back, glad to have recommended material from you.
  • slimjim441 - April 29, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    I've read a handful of these. Good stuff. If you'd call it history, you could also include any video game centric entries of Pop Culture and Philosophy, like Legend of Zelda and Philosophy, or Super Mario Bros. and Philosophy. Good stuff, that is.
  • PReNDeL21 - April 29, 2013 3:44 p.m.

    I remember reading Jacked at a clinic. I was at first wondering why a video game book was at a clinic, then one of the nurses told me saw me read it and told me that she's a huge fan of GTA. She gave me the book afterwards. It's a good book nonetheless and it got me into reading again. I haven't read any books in awhile before it.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - April 29, 2013 3:30 p.m.

    I remember reading a 'retro gamer special volume'. Forgot the exact name but that seemed a fun read and quite in depth.
  • smashpro1 - April 29, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    "The Ultimate History of Video Games" by Steven L. Kent.

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