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Recommended Reading for Gamers

A section of the site dedicated to printed fiction and non fiction if the topic is right. Peruse this area to uncover good reads which sometimes related to video games and sometimes do not. Do you feel lucky and want to be intrigued by writing?

Recommended Reading for Gamers: The Annotated Alice

By SarcasmancerSarcasmancer
28 Aug 2009 22:46


If you think deeply about videogames, consider them philosophically and conceptually, you should read Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Yes, the ones written by Lewis Carroll over one hundred and thirty years ago. No, I’m not joking. Yes, I am sober. No, I’m not running out of ideas. And believe it or not, this recommendation has absolutely nothing to do with Burton and Depp’s upcoming Alice movie. I admit, this recommendation may not be for every gamer or even for every average gamer. Usually I try to recommend titles I think the average Joe Joystick will find entertaining. This time I'm aiming for something a little higher; a box of brain candy for all the level designers, game developers and gaming critics out there.

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Recommended Reading For Gamers: Ender’s Game

By SarcasmancerSarcasmancer
23 Aug 2009 18:55


Do not judge the book by it's hideous 1970's cover

If ever there were a book for the video gamer and the video game generation, it is Orson Scott Card's Ender’s Game. I’m almost hesitant to recommend it since the odds are strong you will hear about it somewhere else if you have not already. Some of the high schools nearby are even putting it on summer reading lists; typically the sign of a dry, yet morally wholesome experience. I would also like to point out, straight away, that I am not a staunch opponent of Orson Scott Card’s political opinions or his bigotry toward gays. Despite this apparent three strikes, the book remains an astonishing piece of literature and you should read it.

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Recommended Reading for Gamers: Altered Carbon

By SarcasmancerSarcasmancer
12 Aug 2009 20:50


Fans of military intrigue, hardboiled detective stories and Sci-fi will be hard pressed to find a better read than Richard K Morgan's Altered Carbon. I realize there are plenty of books which fit that bill, but the unique technological twist of Morgan's world is really what recommends his book to gamers. The story is set in a psuedo-dystopian future where death is a thing of the past. Peoples memories and consciences can be completely digitized and downloaded into different bodies. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to have extra lives in real life, this book is for you.

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Recommended Reading for Gamers: World War Z

By SarcasmancerSarcasmancer
04 Aug 2009 02:14


World War Z
Zombie stories and videogames go together like butter and bread. A few oddballs don’t care for it, but most of us agree that it’s a solid combination. I would even argue, with apologies Romero, that video games are even better suited for telling zombie survival stories than movies. The only thing more immersive than seeing the zombie hordes as they close in on you on screen is being forced to fight them for survival. Frankly, books are the last media (behind games, movies and graphic novels) that you would want to experience such a story from.

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