This second volume is a compendium of video game synopses as well as a feast for the eyes with literally thousands of vivid, high-resolution screen shots; it provides a comprehensive visual tour through the world of PC and video gaming. Sorted by genre, more than 100 of the latest, most exciting software titles are reviewed with information of interest to players, parents, and industry professionals. Each game is featured in a two-page spread that includes detailed game summaries, analysis, and strategies; nine in-game screen shots; lists of games with similar skill and strategy requirements; appropriate age range; notes ESRB content ratings; complete technological specifications; and more. Feature stories are included throughout the book, covering game-related topics such as multiplayer online gaming, games in movies, and the future of gaming. The book also includes useful reference tools such as an illustrated glossary, an overview of game publishers, and information on current hardware platforms such as Sony's new PS3, Nintendo's Wii, and handheld systems, including the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.
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Bendik Stang is an engineer, founder, and technical director of gameXplore N.A. Inc. and the current chairman of the Norwegian chapter of International Game Developers Association. He is the author of The Book of Games Volume 1. Morten A. Østerholt is a partner and sales director of gameXplore. Erik Hoftun is the president and cofounder of gameXplore North America. Jørgen Kirksæter is a game journalist and expert advisor for the Norwegian government and the European Commission. Hans Christian Bjørne is the cofounder and director of gameXplore.Review:
"The passion behind great games is matched by the dedication and thoroughness that was devoted to Book of Games Volume 2, a fantastic work." Trip Hawkins, founder, Electronic Arts and Digital Chocolate
"A fantastic read for game industry professionals and gamers alike. Not only is it a great reference for many of today's top games, but the addition of insightful features such as games as art, game music, and game heroes extends the book's value." James Brightman, lead business editor, GameDaily BIZ
An excellent reference to gaming terms . . . very well presented and beautifully illustrated . . . parents would also find this book very useful when deciding what game to buy their child.” Xboxaddict.com
Worth the cover price, without a doubt.” Vagusnet.com
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