Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? made learning about the countries of the world thrilling and fun when it was first released for the Apple II in 1985. In a new book called Break Out: How the Apple II Launched the PC Gaming Revolution, author David L. Craddock tells the story of how a small team at the game…
This is an excerpt from my upcoming book, BLOOD, SWEAT, AND PIXELS, which comes out on September 5 and tells the stories behind 10 different games including Diablo III, Uncharted 4, and Star Wars 1313. You can pre-order the book at your favorite bookstore.
One of the biggest misconceptions about Dark Souls is that it’s only for super-hardcore macho gamers looking to prove their mettle – players who are looking to test their already hardened gaming skills. The challenge is too intimidating, runs this line of reasoning, for anyone else to contemplate attempting.
The folks at Storybundle just launched a new pay-what-you-want eBook bundle about video games. Part of it is a new book from roguelike expert John Harris, compiling his @Play columns for GameSetWatch and adding some new writing. Here’s one about an unusual version of the original Zelda.
A young witch and a wild science genius—the characters in my new novel All the Birds in the Sky don’t even belong in the same book together. They’re misfits in the eyes of the world, but they’re also weird to each other. And that turns out to be the most fun thing to explore. Read an excerpt and see for yourself!
Ernie Cline took the world by storm with his video game epic Ready Player One. Now he’s back with a brand new novel Armada — with a premise that will sound very familiar to fans of The Last Starfighter. Read the first chapter, right here — and we just gave away 40 signed copies!
Editor's note: I'm sure I'm not the only one with fond memories of the original Unreal, which came out on PC one million years ago in 1998. What was it that made that game special? Let's find out.
When a new generation of gaming hardware looms, it can be instructive to look to the past. At the end of July, we published a review of a new book by Zoya Street titled Dreamcast Worlds. Mr. Street has allowed us to publish an excerpt from the book, in which he details Sega's approach to the new console generation…
These are the exciting bricks that open up whole new possibilities in LEGO building. In my experience, the most useful bricks are those that change the direction of the studs or give fine detailing to models. It seems like no matter how many of these bricks I have, they’re never enough.
Music games aren't what they used to be, and in some cases, the world is safer for that. Video game expert Scott Steinberg and author of the new digital book "Music Games Rock", tells us what the seven worst music video games of all time are.
In this excerpt from his book The Erotic Engine, Patchen Barss talks about one part of the future of pornography and sex on the internet: video games.
We loved the first book of io9 columnist Jason Thompson's graphic novel series King of RPGs, and now book two is finally out! Return to the crazed world of Theo, the greatest DM in the world, and the game-addicted Shesh, as they rampage through World of Warfare. We've got the first few pages of the book to get you…
The Quantum Thief, released in the UK last year and in the U.S. this month, is a heist story set in a future of marching cities, ubiquitous public-key encryption, people communicating by sharing memories, and a race of hyper-advanced humans who originated as massively multiplayer online role-playing game guild…
In the new book Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential, our very own Kotaku Senior Contributing Editor Brian Ashcraft and co-author Shoko Ueda explore how Japanese schoolgirls have changed Japanese society.