Doing something a little different today. I don't know why, but I've gotten on this book tear. I just need something to do while I'm on the toilet rather than playing games (oh you do it too you big baby). Here are some books I read within the past two months including one about video games:
Rambo - Almost done with this book. I saw the revival of the series back when it came out earlier this year. It was when the latest movie came out that I heard there was a book it was based on. I read some reviews on it and I kept finding the same comment "Bloodier than the movies." Sure enough, those people were right. Granted Rambo in the movie kills a lot of people but most of them are far away while he shoots a big gun. In the book, the kills are up close and personal. Also, while Stallone gives a great performance in the original and sequel, the book goes even deeper into the mind of Rambo. I recommend it for anyone looking for a book full of action.
Smartbomb: The Quest for Art, Entertainment, and Big Bucks in the Videogame Revolution - The inspiration for me to create this website. It's amazing to see how far the videogame industry has come. I especially enjoyed the story of how Id software started with John Carmack, John Romero, and Tom Hall who came together as simple programmers who loved games that ended up changing the videogame world around. The background info you get about some the most important people in the game world: Miyamoto, Will Wright, Clifford Bleszinski, and others. My only problem with the book is the chapter dedicated to America's Army. Yeah I know the Army made a game for training, ooooo ahhhh, big freakin' deal. If it wasn't a free game, no one would care about it. Hell after six months no one even talked about the game anymore. I just skipped the chapter altogether because it was typical to go this route for the sake of being less nerdy.
The Warriors - The movie has been a favorite of mine for a while. Like Rambo, I read the comments about how it was "Bloodier than the move". In comparison, the movie has more action but the book is bloodier with a weird almost "Lord of the Flies" feel to it. The best part of the book comes at the end. Not the end of the story but the actual author notes. The author, Sol Yurick, wasn't a big fan of the movie since it takes a lot of liberties with his book and he was treated poorly by the filmmakers. He's actually surprised people like the movie so much.