Even hard-core gamers need to put down the controller occasionally. That is a great time to pick up a book - about gaming, of course.
Two of the best are David Kushner's Masters of Doom and Dean Takahashi's Opening the Xbox. But the most unusual gaming tome ever may be Blue Wizard Is About to Die: Prose, Poems, and Emoto-versatronic Expressionist Pieces About Video Games (1980-2003).
The author, Seth "Fingers" Flynn Barkan, a lifelong gamer, reflects on a variety of games both classic and recent. Half-Life, Crazy Taxi, Bushido Blade, Joust, Mario, and other gaming icons are treated in the author's offbeat style.
Flynn Barkan also waxes eloquent on game-related topics such as the transition from 2-D to 3-D graphics, shareware, level bosses, and online gaming lag.
To be honest, this book is not for everyone. If your taste in poetry runs to iambic pentameter, give Flynn Barkan's rambling style a pass.
Parents should know that, if Blue Wizard was a game, its occasional blue language would earn an "M" (17 and older) rating.