Those of us who eat, breathe, and sleep videogames have a much higher threshold for constant stimulation than the average non-gamer. Perhaps the thought of settling down with a book for some quiet reading isn't so enticing – especially when you'd rather be expanding other people minds with a well-placed headshot and a spray of pixilated blood. But forget that for now. It's time to stow your itchy trigger fingers, because we've gathered together a primo selection of gamer-minded books that you simply won't want to miss.
By David S.J. Hodgson, Bryan Stratton, and Alice Rush
Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a video game journalist? How about a game developer? For anyone who's dreamed of making a living by playing games, Paid To Play is an absolute must-read. This book spills all the goods you need to know about different gaming-related careers in a way that's both funny and informative. With interviews and tips from over 100 pros, there's a lot of hot info packed into this excellent and well-written tome.
By Heather Chaplin and Aaron Ruby
SmartBomb takes an insider look at the world of videogames and the distinct personalities of the people who make them. Will Wright, Cliff Bleszinski, John Carmack, Shigeru Miyamoto are among many other brilliant gaming minds picked clean for insight and profiled in this tag-team effort that took five years of research to pull together. Though the industry is changing and evolving ever-so-rapidly, this book offers an interesting slice of the gaming world taken during a particularly exciting period of its ascent into the public eye.
By Jim Rossignol
Getting fired from his day job as a financial reporter because of his off-the-hook gaming obsessions was one of the best things that could have happened to Jim Rossignol. Now a professional game journalist who gets paid to cover the videogame industry, Rossignol shares his gaming-related travels and adventures in three cites (London, Seoul, and Rykjavi) in this interesting page turner. Marrying personal stories and musings with more detailed analysis and commentary on curious game phenomena, This Gaming Life tackles everything from Korea's devotion to massive StarCraft tournaments to the thriving game Mod scene.
By David Kushner
Pushing the envelope is what id Software has always done best (both in terms of crafting cutting-edge programming and slapping together some seriously brutal games). With a bombastic delivery filled with hyperbole, blood, excessive violence, and controversy, id Software all but single-handedly paved the way for modern first-person shooters, inspiring waves of fear among parents across the country and sucking hordes of hungry gamers in the deathmatch abyss. Masters of Doom chronicles how these guys went from being computer geeks to becoming iconic rock stars of the gaming realm.