Here’s a list of books I read that relate to videos and other things I’ve done for The Industrious Rabbit. Newest books I’ve read are at the top.
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Bil Herd and Margaret Morabito
This is a book that pairs extremely well with the Brian Bagnall Commodore books. It fills in a lot of the details around the development of many of Commodore's 8-bit machines with some real behind-the-scenes stories.
DOOM was for sure the application that got me to move away from the Amiga for gaming. There was nothing like it. I still remember turning off the lights in my dad's office, putting on headphones, and trying to survive yet another salvo of imp fireballs with almost no life left.
This covers the early SoftDisk days where John Romero and John Carmack worked together, and goes all the way to Daikatana and Quake 3 Arena. It was a bit light on the tech details, but if you want the tech, go read the source for all those games, as it's all out there. One of these days I'll do another raycaster implementation in something, just for the heck of it.
Satoru Iwata, Sam Bett
Blake J. Harris
You thought Game Over had a lot of personal interaction stuff in it? This book has it beat. It was a fun read, and did go into a good bit of technical stuff alongside a lot of the marketing stuff that happened during the days of SNES vs. Genesis/32X/Sega CD (vs. eventually PlayStation). There's some great outside stuff around Sony and Psygnosis in the book as well, which of course interested an Amiga fan like myself. Definitely read this right after Game Over to continue the Nintendo story.
A very thorough history of Nintendo up to just at the edge of the SNES era. Includes a lot of personal stuff from all of the big Nintendo players. I got this right as I was starting the blog posts for The Industrious Rabbit and wanted to learn more about the entity behind all the technical decisions I was trying to unravel.
As this book was written in the mid-90s, enjoy the afterword and the list of "next big thing" products that ended up as mere emulators on my MiSTer, known only to a handful of gamers nowadays.