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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2012 edition (Feb. 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430233516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430233510
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 608 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #546,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Morgan Ramsay, bestselling author of Gamers at Work: Stories Behind the Games People Play and Online Game Pioneers at Work, has interviewed nearly 50 leaders in entertainment, technology, and sports, including EA founder Trip Hawkins, Gaikai CEO David Perry, and former NFL punter Chris Kluwe. As the Founder, President & CEO at Entertainment Media Council, the association for business leaders in the video game industry, Mr. Ramsay works with entrepreneurs, C-level executives, and senior managers to advance interactive entertainment by addressing the toughest challenges facing the global business community. Previously, Mr. Ramsay was the Managing Director at Heretic where, for seven years, he provided strategic communication expertise to various clients, from small businesses to the Fortune Global 500, including working with the White House to recognize United States Navy veterans on behalf of the President of the United States of America.Visit for a complete list of his interviews, and direct all business inquiries to

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HASH(0xa6679abc) out of 5 stars A great book all around March 21 2012
By Josh - Published on
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book completely out of the blue with absolutely no real idea of what to expect. It turned out that this book was one of the most relevant books I could have ever purchased. In August of 2010, I founded Mighty Rabbit Studios, a small independent game studio in Raleigh, NC. I've spoken with several industry vets about starting the company, but I couldn't have dreamed of ever getting the amount of advice that is contained within this book. This book was designed specifically to help aspiring entrepreneurs in the video game industry, and it excels at that. If you have the desire to open your own game studio, this is a book you must read.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6679ec4) out of 5 stars A fascinating behind the scenes look June 16 2012
By D. G. Rosenthal - Published on
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Morgan Ramsay provides an insightful and fascinating glimpse into the way the games so many of us love are actually developed. Most people never think beyond "Oh yeah, some geeks just got together and used their nerd magic to make Gears of Duty 4: San Andreas, and bro this is awesome." But the games industry is a mature, developed field with careful thought and inspiration behind what makes hit games. Morgan's connections allowed him access to some of the most important names in the industry, with collective centuries of game design experience among them. It's well worth a read for anyone planning a career in the games industry, or for those who simply want to know a little more about the people who populate it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6679f3c) out of 5 stars A Good Book About the Business of Software, Not Just Games Sept. 26 2013
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Don't buy this book thinking it's all about games. It's not.

This book is about the business of software and software start ups. Those start ups build games instead of social media connectors (or whatever it is most software start ups do these days).

You will find some interesting stories about the early days of video games and the founders of these companies.

The real value of this book is the experiences of the entrepreneurs who built these gaming companies. I think there are a lot of great lessons and some good advice in this book.

My complaint is (as it is with all these "at work" books) is sometimes, the interviewees say something really interesting and instead of picking up on this an expanding, the interviewer will ask about something completely unrelated. It's frustrating, but only a minor issue.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6679ce4) out of 5 stars Phenomenal insight into your favorite game makers April 30 2014
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As a software developer, I love to read about other developers: how did they solve problems, what was most difficult for them and from their own mouths. This book delivers exceptionally well and might be the best book in it's class. The next best book is probably Racing the Beam, which has lessons for everyone on so many different levels.

Gamers at Work fills the role nicely as well. It tells the story of many developers from different eras and their trials as they delivered the marquee games of their generation. This was a great read.
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HASH(0xa6679fcc) out of 5 stars Well written and entertaining Nov. 6 2013
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A really nicely written insight into the gaming industry and the people that shaped it. Priceless for anyone that wants to get an insight into the industry!