I was in Barnes & Noble today looking for Scott Pilgrim Vol. 6 (They didn't have it.) when I came across this on the new release table:
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Grand Theft Auto IV is both a waste of time and the most colossal creative achievement of the last 25 years, according to this scintillating meditation on the promise and discontents of video games. Journalist Bissell (Chasing the Sea) should know; the ultraviolent car-chase-and-hookers game was his constant pastime during a months-long intercontinental cocaine binge. He's ashamed of his video habit, but also ashamed of being ashamed of the dominant art form of our time; by turning the eye of a literary critic on the gory, seemingly puerile genre of ultraviolent, open-ended shooter games, he finds unexpected riches. Bissell bemoans the uncompromising stupidity of their story lines, wafer-thin characters, and the moronic dialogue, but celebrates the button-pushing, mesmeric qualities and the subtle, profound depths these conceal—the catharses of teamwork and heroism in the zombie-fest Left for Dead, the squirmy moral dilemmas of Mass Effect, the mood of wistful savagery suffusing the rifles-and-chainsaws-bedecked denizens of Gears of War. Bissell excels both at intellectual commentary and evocative reportage on the experience of playing games, while serving up engrossing mise-en-scène narratives of the mayhem. If anyone can bridge the aesthetic chasm between readers and gamers, he can. (June 8)
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Sounds interesting, and I'll likely pick it up in the near future. It reminded me of Game Over:
A book I bought from EB Games back in 2001 for like 99 cents. It was the history of Nintendo, but it only went up to about '95/'96, so it didn't get into Nintendo getting their ass handed to them in the Playstation/N64 generation, but it was a still a good read.
Supposedly this is the spiritual sequel to that book.
Which I also plan on picking up soon.
So hey, any books about videogames that are worth checking out?
I also found these in Amazon's related books section but I know nothing about 'em.
Feel free to include art books, as I have the Megaman & Megaman X collections and I plan on picking up the MMZero & Okami collections soon as well.