Video game books for summer reading: The Art of Atari, Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights

Keep In Mind the summer reading list handed out by your school instructors right before the start of summer? That was enjoyable? No? Where are you going?

However truly, I get it. When I was a kid, I feared those lists– not the possibility of reading itself, however what they wanted me to check out. Very few of the books on those lists lined up with my interests. Why would I want to be checking out Little House on the Meadow when I could be checking out Goosebumps? That’s the important things with reading; I do not believe I ever did not like reading as a kid, although I may have stated that from time to time. What I disliked read things I didn’t want to check out.

Possibly that’s how you feel about reading. Or possibly you like books, and I won’ t need to persuade you to pick up any of these titles. If you like video games– and that’s why you’re here?– you may just like some of thesebooks It’s a list of video game (and video game- surrounding) books that you just maylike It’s got fiction, non-fiction, comic books, and more.

Cover of Exhalation: Stores by Ted Chiang

Image: Ted Chiang.

Ted Chiang’s collection of narratives is not clearly about video games, however many of the concepts and styles will be fascinating to video game lovers and science fiction fans. In specific, I enjoyed “The Lifecycle of Software Objects,” which has to do with synthetically smart digital animals in a massively-multiplayer online gamingworld When the world they were created in begins to collapse, users should grapple with what that implies for their animals– some of which have actually been raised for years.

Video games are linked with the history of the web. In Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Web, Claire L. Evans highlights the women who contributed significantly to the web as we know it– from developers to gamedevelopers Evans talks about both Brenda Laurel, a video game designer who established Purple Moon, a development company that focused on video games for young ladies, like the Rockett and Secret Courses series. Actually, all the stories informed in Broad Band are interesting.

Cover of A Game of Birds and Wolves

Image: Simon Parkin.

I have actually invested just one afternoon with A Game of Birds and Wolves, and I truly can’t think what I read. Author and reporter Simon Parkin, who has actually composed formerly for Polygon, contributes frequently to The New Yorker and composes criticism for The Observer. Not just has he found a mainly unidentified story from The Second World War, he’s also handled to make its retelling definitely gripping. This story– about a tactical wargame played on linoleum floor tiles– should be bone dry. Parkin’s prose checks out like a novel, a cinematic story filled with action and murder. I was connected in the first 10 pages.– Charlie Hall, senior press reporter

Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem is the first in a series called “The Remembrance of Earth’s Past Trilogy.” The science fiction book is large, complex, and engaging. It’s set during China’s Cultural Transformation, though it cuts back- and-forth in time, as an alien invasion threatens Earth– at least, ultimately. Sprinkled in between all this is a virtual reality video game called 3 Body, which connects into the bigger styles of the book. It’s definitely not a simple read, however one that’s worth the effort of comprehending everything.

Cover of Art of Atari

Image: Tim Lapetino.

Moving on from the intricacy of The Three-Body Problem, let me provide you with something various: images! The Art of Atari, by Tim Lapetino, is a collection of art work from the Atari age– some which you’ll acknowledge and others that you may have never ever seen. It’s a spectacular collection from a developmental and essential time in gaminghistory It’s not just illustrations and images, though: Lapetino’s also gathered information on the art work and product packaging in the book, with descriptions and history consisted of together with each piece.

Ship of Theseus is a game in the type of a book. It’s also a story within a story, and a huge puzzle to boot. The book you page through is composed by an imaginary author, with the real characters in the story writing notes in the margins. As they go along, these lead characters leave each other all sorts of inserts, from maps to historic files, which not just notify the overarching story, they also provide hints for the reader to figure out the conspiracy sustaining the events of the book. Expect to spend a long time attempting to break codes, checking out footnotes, and leafing back through previous pages, all in the name of attempting to pin down what truly took place. One of the most unique books I have actually ever checked out, and worth experiencing for the format alone.– Patricia Hernandez, senior editor

cover of Woke Gaming: Digital Challenges to Oppression and Social Injustice, by Dr. Kishonna L. Gray and Dr. David J. Leonard

Image: Dr. Kishonna L. Gray, Dr. David J. Leonard.

This series of essays, modified by scholars Dr. Kishonna L. Gray and Dr. David J. Leonard, gathers critical games research and experience on the subjects of race, gender, and sexuality. It’s an essential book not just for those interested in video games, the web, and its culture, however for people who want to comprehend broader culture. It was released in 2020 after 2014’s GamerGate motion and the 2016 election, and it skillfully links gaming and web culture to the rest of the world.

cover of Debian Perl: Digital Detective, by Lauren Davis, Mel Hilario, Katie Longua

Image: Lauren Davis, Mel Hilario, Katie Longua.

Debian Perl is a five-part comics series for middle-school-aged readers. Debian Perl herself is a “technomancer known for her out-of-date computer programming skills,” and she’s fixing a secret with a “egg-headed” buddy, to whom she’s got to teach things. In doing so, she’s also teaching the reader about white-hat programs concepts, consisting of algorithms and more high idea ideas. It’s a wonderful, vibrant series for kids, however grownups will enjoy it, too– particularly if you want to learn more about coding and problem- fixing!

Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights, by Chris Bain, Patrick Weekes, Matthew Goldman, and Christopher Morgan.

From a lot of the folks who compose those games you like, Dragon Age: Tevinter Nights is an anthology of narratives set in one of the least-seen corners of the Dragon Age world: the magic-riddled, declining empire ofTevinter Filled with all the fruits of the franchise’s first-class BioWare world building, this anthology series leaks with creative spies, got away servants, and rushing heroes– not to discuss cameos from some of your in-game favorites and plenty of potential mean where the franchise will go next, when it lastly sees Tevinter in a real game.– Susana Polo, comics editor

Die, Vol. 1, by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans.

Die, Vol. 1, by Kieron Gillen + Stephanie Hans

Image: Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans.

Die begins with 5 separated 40- somethingfriends 25 years ago they were six friends ready to start a new tabletop campaign, when they were in some way carried inside the world of the game itself. It took 2 years, however a lot of of them handled toescape Now, these mid-life catastrophes are dragged back into a world built from their biggest teenage victories and failures, supervised by their cruel gamemaster– the buddy they needed to leavebehind

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The first six issues consisted of in Die, Vol. 1 have to do with grownup’s yearning for the liberty of youth, and fear that it can never ever be regained. That’s just one side of this polyhedron. Keep turning Die around and you’ll find the fantasy category– in specific the elements formed by gaming– de- and rebuilded with the surgical accuracy that can just originate from somebody who enjoys gaming and fantasy a lot that it has actually ended up being a part of themselves.– SP

The Book of the New Sun is most likely the closest thing you’ll pertain to a book version of Dark Souls or Bloodborne, though it’s worth keeping in mind that Gene Wolfe’s series camefirst Broad view, the fantasy books tell the story of a remote “torturer” who needs to leave hispost The world he goes on to check out is a wild one, where the line in between magic, science, and misconception is thin. Futuristic technology exists ideal together with apparently middle ages scenes.

The series tosses you in there without truly stopping to describe how particular things or ideas are possible, however it does so deliberately. You’ll need to check out in between the lines and make reasonings to figure out the broader tradition, in the very same way you may in a From Softwaregame

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The cool thing is, there’s no ideal response to any of it– lots of of the words are completely made up through the use of history and dead languages, and there suffices obscurity that, at best, even people who have actually invested years studying these works can just use a theory regarding what it implies. As my coworker Cameron Kunzelman put it over at Vice, When somebody advises his The Book of the New Sun or The 5th Head of Cerberus to you, they’re imparting a curse.– PH

Stuart Turton’s The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a murder secret in the stylings of Agatha Christie, however with a twist– it’s got a time-looping and body- switching feature that’s reminiscent of video game mechanics. It checks out like a game, however Turton told Eurogamer in 2019 that he wasn’t thinking of video games when he composed it; he just recognized it later on when people began discussing it. It’s an ingenious novel that’s simple to get drawn into.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain - bloody Snake and others

Image: Kojima Productions/Konami.

Jamil Jan Kochai’s “Playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” was released in The New Yorker in2020 It’s a spectacular brief story that utilizes a video game, Metal Gear Strong 5: The Phantom Discomfort (and the experience of playing that video game) as a main throughline. Its writing imitates the video game experience, too: Kochai utilizes second- individual to make the game feel “oddly intimate and alienating,” he informed The New Yorker in an interview. It’s the sort of alienation that Kochai stated he feels when playing these sorts of games– first- individual shooters.

“For me this sense of becoming the shooter in first-person gameplay was often disrupted by the depiction of the enemies in video games like Call of Duty,” Kochai stated. “There I am in the game, playing as a white soldier, and all of a sudden I’m murdering an Afghan man who looks just like my father. Or even like me. My status as the hero facing the enemy, as the subject facing the object, falls apart. ‘I shoot you’ becomes ‘I shoot me.’ I wanted to capture that sort of alienating intimacy in my story. Second person seemed like the best way to go about it.”

It feels difficult to speak about video games without discussing live- streaming websites like Twitch. T.L. Taylor’s Watch Me Play: Jerk and the Rise of Game Live Streaming examines why. Taylor immersed herself in the scene and talked to plenty of people during her research, all as a way to comprehend media and media audiences. Like with the video game market as an entire, live streaming and its culture is no longer a specific niche venture. It’s just part of our world, now.

Delicious in Dungeon Vol. 1 cover

Image: Ryōko Kui.

Delicious in Dungeon’s basic idea is one of the most unique ones I have actually heard in years. In it, travelers dive much deeper and much deeper into an ever-changing maze– other than get this, they’re broke. Not able to pay for provisions for their journey, the team instead turn to consuming the really monsters haunting the castle. Seeing them attempt to figure out what’s edible and how is a delight on its own, however Ryōko Kui goes one step even more by putting everything in an engrossing world with complicatedpolitics Even better, the story transforms used and even old fantasy ideas in ways that will keep you on your toes. The manga series weaves masterfully in between humor and drama, so not just will you play around with the ridiculous idea of what any provided monster may taste like, you’ll end up being invested in our heroes’ overarching worthy quest.– PH

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Neela Josh
Neela Josh
I work as the Content Writer for Gaming Ideology. I play Quake like professionally. I love to write about games and have been writing about them for two years.

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