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6 Informative Books on The Subject of Video Games

Video game’s rise explained, on book format.

If you’d go back to the early ’80s and told anyone that within less than a decade the juvenile hobby then known as videogames would become a billion-dollar industry within 10 years’ time they’d laugh at your face and say: “yeah, sure thing. Nerd.”

In less than 40 years, video games have become a 135-billion-dollar money making machine of an industry. Not bad for something that started being marketed to kids under 12 years old.

To get a sense of just how they went from fringe culture, preferred by younglings and tech-minded adults to all around American (and worldwide) pastime that only gets more refined with each year’s passing, you could end up needing to read a book about it. Luckily there are lots of them from where to choose from! Only the best at teaching you about video games are listed here, get to know their history thoroughly by reading them.

#1 The Art of Video Games by Chris Melissinos

The Art of Video Games by Chris Melissinos Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

As the name of this book itself suggests how the games are designed and what all we need to know about the former times of games.

This book shows the history of games like its design,prototypes etc. I recommend this book to anyone who all are madly in love with games and to those who are new and going to step into the world of games and want to discover more.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#2 3000 Facts about Video Games by James Egan

3000 Facts about Video Games by James EganGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This is fun read that will make you laugh. It contains random facts about games everyone knows and love so readers of all ages will enjoy it.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#3 History of Video Games by David Paris

History of Video Games by David ParisGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

I’ve really enjoyed gaming ever since I was a kid. My dad introduced and I played with my mom while dad was at work. Now, as a veteran gamer, I see how far games have come and knowing the history makes me appreciate developers, gamers and the community so much more. This book highlights milestones and amazing accomplishments.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#4 Console Wars by Blake Harris

Console Wars by Blake HarrisGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This is one of my favorite reads because it defines my childhood generation. Its amazing to look back at some of the pioneers of the gaming industry. We forget that the gaming industry that brings us so much entertainment is in fact a business. This book ultimately highlights the battle between Nintendo and Sega, and how a scrappy Sega took on a giant in the industry.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#5 Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Jason Schreier

Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Jason SchreierGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This is not a typical fun read, however it is important to know and understand the sacrifices made by those that have brought us some of the best games in history. This books talks about the challenges, mistakes and never ending technical nightmares that ultimately can make a million-dollar franchise successful.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#6 The Ultimate History Of Video Games

The Ultimate History Of Video GamesGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Today’s video game culture game stemmed from classic games like Centipede, Space Invaders, and Pac-Man. This books covers how this happened, through the eyes of those who experienced this change.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

Contributors to this article
Arun Verma from Teacheron

Fabian Illanes from Ka0KenAtak

Holly Zink from Digital Addicts

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Written by Zak Parker

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