7 Mar, 2023

Essential Gaming Industry Reads

At Wargaming Forge, we’re all about self-improvement and expanding knowledge. As such, we’ve compiled a collection of books which you might find interesting. Let’s take a closer look at three of them:

The Ultimate History of Video Games (Vol. 1 & 2) by Steven L. Kent

Nowadays, the games industry is booming, but it wasn’t always like this. Take a look back at the early days of gaming, and how the industry has evolved from Pong paddles to motion controls, from black and white displays to stunning graphics. If anything, it’s amazing to see how the technology has improved in a relatively short time!

1001 Video Games to Play Before You Die by Tony Mott

Ever stuck for a video game to play? Well, consult the definitive list of the games everyone should play at one time or another. It’s also worth checking this out to see how many you’ve played yourself. If you do, let us know how many you’ve played under this post ☺

Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto by David Kushner

We all know this multi-billion-dollar franchise now, but the humble beginnings of the top-down Grand Theft Auto games created by DMA Design in Dundee, Scotland are a mile away from the company which now boasts an office on Broadway in New York City. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how this franchise, and especially the 3D trilogy, changed gaming forever.

Honorable mentions:

As we couldn’t limit it to just three, check out our other suggestions below that cover a variety of different topics in gaming:

  • A Game Design Vocabulary by Anna Anthropy and Naomi Clark
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture by Harold Goldberg
  • Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made by Jason Schreier
  • Console Wars by Blake J. Harris
  • Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter by Tom Bissell
  • How Games Move Us: Emotion by Design by Katherine Isbister
  • Significant Zero: Heroes, Villains, and the Fight for Art and Soul in Video Games by Walt Williams
  • Ten Things Video Games Can Teach Us by Jordan Erica Webber
  • The Games That Weren’t by Frank Gasking