Today we will have a look at 2 books, both related to video games, so let us get started.
1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die – Updated Edition
This is a very hefty book, weighing in just shy of 1000 pages. The book is beautifully printed in full colour on high quality glossy paper similar to what you will find in a high-end magazine.
As indicated by the name 1001 Video games are covered. The Video games are categorised and divided into section based on the decade in which they were released, i.e. the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.
There is a detailed description provided for each game as well as a screen shot.
I really like this book as it triggers nostalgic memories of paging through video game magazines as a child, looking at what the next big release will be. I do however believe that this is not the kind of book you will pick up and read from cover to cover, I for example have limited interest in video games released in the 1970s so I skimmed through this section and found the best use of this book is simply picking it up from time to time and looking up a specific game.
Just keep in mind that the game selection is based on the authors’ personal preferences, so there is a chance that your favourite game might not be included in the list. But even considering this, I found this to be a great book and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in video games over the last few decades.
An Illustrated History of 151 Video Games
The first difference between this book and the previously reviewed one is that this is more of a coffee table book. It is also fully colour printed on high quality glossy paper and is beautifully hardbound. The book also divides the games into the decades they were released in, but also focuses on the systems on which they were released.
This book has a much more artistic feel with screen shots, box art and marketing artwork for each game covered as well as information about the game, its history as well as little factoids relating to the games.
I really enjoyed reading this book and although it covers a lot fewer games, found it to be of a more consumable size.
There is also a few pages dedicated to the leading consoles of each decade along with accompanying artwork and information.
I would recommend this book as it is great simply paging through it and looking at the amazing video game artwork over the past 40 years.