I did some searches and couldn’t really find any thread to glom onto for this but I’ve noticed a distinct uptick in the number of books being released about our hobby. Sure, there are still lots of strategy guides being produced, the most lucrative area of that seems to be Minecraft and Pokémon. That’s really no surprise.
What IS a surprise is the amount of books coming lately that focus on either really cool retro subjects or even modern games and their artwork. There are Halo art books, Warcraft ones, Splatoon… it’s really rather awesome. I have always been a huge fan of how games look on the printed page. It’s a major reason I still support videogame magazines and why my career writing for gaming mags will likely be the best time of my life when it’s all said and done. There’s just something magical about the art for videogames when it’s static because it often has so much life on the page that excites your mind’s eye. Better yet, you can live it in your favorite series once you fire up the game!
Retro stuff is my forte these days since I’m old (like many of you…) and the reason I thought to start this thread today is I just found out about and ordered this…
I mean, holy shit! Just look at that beautiful Neo Geo artwork that will leap off the pages again! I’m sure that’s part nostalgia, but the beautiful character art in the games and how it translated back to traditional artwork is just one major reason the Neo Geo will always be my favorite console. Its relative unattainable status at the time has always made it my holy grail.
Bitmap Books has other similar tomes for the NES, SNES, Commodore 64, Sinclair ZX Spectrum and more. They’re in the UK so it’s free shipping for you folks over there.
I also bought this when it came out…
It’s beautiful and highly recommended. Hardcore Gaming 101 has a number of excellent books on Amazon too and Jeremy Parish has put out some excellent stuff too.
If you’ve got other recommendations, drop em here!