The book provides an interesting insight into the development of Video Games and does a great job of reminding you that behind every developer there are a bunch of really devoted and hard working people often stuck between a rock (the publisher) and a hard place (constraints) who do not deserve the abuse often hurled at them.
I've been a longtime fan of Jason Schrieier from his articles and podcast with Kotaku (his piece on Mass Effect: Andromeda is a must-read). I had high hopes for his first book, and was not disappointed. By splitting the book into chapters on specific games, he clearly and entertainingly takes you through the story behind ten games. But there is also an overarching story, with themes of sacrifice, outsider meddling, and doing something you love, that runs through every chapter. And it also put a few games on my must-play list. This is a great book.
This is a book that all gamers should read if only so they gain a better appreciation of what goes into making a game. This book looks at 10 games and how they were made. While only a couple of the games were ones I own, all the stories were interesting though I would have liked more. The text is a bit dense at times and some screenshots (even black and white) of the games may have been helpful for the games I am not overfly familiar with but it is easy enough to look them up online.
I bought this for my game-addicted husband and he LOVED IT! Full of fantastic info. I wish they would write more of these books because he really loves these kind of things. 100% recommend if you have a gamer in your life (or for yourself)!