There’s never been a better time to be a nerd, than today with the multitude of items devoted to fandoms galore. “Press Start to Play” goes with that as a collection of short stories featuring a love of video games. A variety of authors contributed stories, including Andy Weir, Holly Black, Daniel H. Wilson and Cory Doctorow. There’s also a foreword by Ernest Cline, making this a must have for anyone who grew up playing video games.
While I was not a video game fanatic, I did enjoy trying make my way through Pitfall and trying to beat those dang aliens in Space Invaders. Some of the stories didn’t particularly resonate with me, but there were enough that either touched me or creeped me out, to make this an enjoyable read. 1UP by Holly Black was a great story, featuring the bonds gamers feel for each other, even when they’ve never met in person. SURVIVAL HORROR by Seanan McGuire was a great mix of the sci-fi of gaming mixed with a fantasy aspect, with SAVE ME PLZ by David Barr Kirtley featuring a similar mix of genres. I think my favorite story was SELECT CHARACTER by Hugh Howery, showcasing a different take on winning a video game. All in all, this was a fun read and one I’ve already recommended to other people.
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You are standing in a room filled with books, faced with a difficult decision. Suddenly, one with a distinctive cover catches your eye. It is a groundbreaking anthology of short stories from award-winning writers and game-industry titans who have embarked on a quest to explore what happens when video games and science fiction collide.
From text-based adventures to first-person shooters, dungeon crawlers to horror games, these twenty-six stories play with our notion of what video games can be—and what they can become—in smart and singular ways. With a foreword from Ernest Cline, bestselling author of Ready Player One, Press Start to Play includes work from: Daniel H. Wilson, Charles Yu, Hiroshi Sakurazaka, S.R. Mastrantone, Charlie Jane Anders, Holly Black, Seanan McGuire, Django Wexler, Nicole Feldringer, Chris Avellone, David Barr Kirtley,T.C. Boyle, Marc Laidlaw, Robin Wasserman, Micky Neilson, Cory Doctorow, Jessica Barber, Chris Kluwe, Marguerite K. Bennett, Rhianna Pratchett, Austin Grossman, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Catherynne M. Valente, Andy Weir, and Hugh Howey.
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