Whether you’re an avid reader or a massive fan of video games, learning about the history and amount of time and effort that goes into making video games can be an eye-opener and give you a kind of insight you just can’t deny. Video games have had a huge impact on the world over the last few decades, more now than ever before.
The popular MOBA League of Legends held their World Championships back in 2019, which drew in more viewers than the Superbowl. That says it all. All in all, there are some fantastic video game history books about out there, but to help you choose the best, here are my top ten.
Best Video Game History Books
1. Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto
Of course, Grand Theft Auto is one of the most popular video game franchises in the world, infamous for sparking conversations on the dangers of video games, gun laws, and much more. Published in 2012, it doesn’t contain anything on the record-breaking GTA 5, but seeing the history is a journey you can’t miss.
2. All Your Base Are Belong to Us
A really popular book that explores the history of the video games industry in-depth and how pop culture has been influenced over and over again. With fifty years of insight and knowledge crammed into the pages, this is an all-in-one solution when you want to explore video game culture.
3. Blood Sweat and Pixels
If you’re interested at all in the game development world, this is the book you need to go to first. Written and containing the insights from some of the developers who have worked on some of the most popular games in the world, many of which you’ll most definitely have played, this book is a must.
4. The Ultimate History of Video Games
Spanning a huge variety of video games, Steven L. Kent dives deeply into some of the biggest videos in our history, focusing on the early games and how they impacted video games as we know them today.
5. Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered the World
“While a bit of an older book, it’s still absolute gold as it goes through the incredible journey that Nintendo took on their conquest of the world. Of course, chances are you’ve played some of the incredible games this company has put out, and this book is a great look at their legacy so far,” shares Emma McDonald, a tech writer.
6. Masters of Doom
Seeing as though Doom is one of the most successful video game franchises in the world, and perhaps the most famous FPS in history, it should only make sense that this book exists in my top ten list. Exploring the origins of the game and how it rose to define pop culture as we know it.
7. Game On! Video Game History
By far one of the most extensive books on video game history that covers everything from all the way back in the Pong days, and as the title suggests through to Mario, Minecraft, and so much more. This is the kind of book that has all the ‘holy s**t’ facts that will blow the minds of both you and your friends.
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8. Replay: The History of Video Games
If you’re looking for a broad history of video games, this is another fantastic choice you’re not going to want to miss. With commentary insights from developers and gamers, including Hironobo Sakaguchi, a developer of Final Fantasy, this is a great book if you’re looking for insights on the classics.
9. The History of the Future
“Written by Blake J. Harris, this is a follow-up book to the hugely popular Console Wars. Throughout the pages of this book, Harris talks all about the future gaming, exploring such technologies as the Oculus Rift and the event of it being purchased by Facebook and shares some of the most amazing stories you could never imagine,” explains Nick Harrison, a game expert.
10. Console Wars
The last book among our best video game history books is the first book written by Blake Harris, this book takes a trip back to the 1990s when video game culture really took off and set the foundations for what the industry is today. Hailed as a must-read for any kind of gamer or game lover.
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Written by Beatrix Potte a video game and tech writer at UKwritings.com. She writes about video games, conventions around the world, and console and game reviews.
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