Books For Video Game Lovers

 

For the Win by Cory Doctorow: This timely and intriguing thriller revolving around the very real economies of massive multiplayer online games will appeal to both teens and adults. When teenagers around the globe end up on the wrong side of a virtual economy, they have to use their wits to survive. Battling real-world corporations in true cyberpunk style, they employ every trick they have to crash the markets of all the online games in the world. Doctorow’s fast-paced novel blurs the lines between what’s real and what’s a game, using the mechanics of online games to speculate on a fascinating future.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: James Halliday, the creator of the world’s favorite pastime, a massive multiplayer online game, dies and leaves behind a quest for his devoted fans. Hidden away in OASIS—and locked behind puzzles related to the pop culture of the late 20th century that Halliday loved—is an astounding prize. Living in a grimly dystopian 2044, Wade Watts dreams of finding the treasure and escaping the slums of his stacked trailer park home. But he has to beat other, better-equipped seekers, Halliday scholars, and even corporations trying to take him down.

You by Austin Grossman: When game designer Russell Marsh joins the video company his old friends created, he’s happy to be working in a familiar setting. But he soon needs to know what happened to his friend Simon, who died mysteriously just after the company hit it big. When Russell finds a strange glitch in his newest game, the mystery gets bigger than he could have ever imagined, leading him through virtual worlds, real-life boardrooms, even back to childhood computer camp. Grossman draws on his own experiences as a game designer to write one of the most interesting and literary novels about video games to date.


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