Many thanks to John Hattan, Christophor Rick, Jim Trageser, Matthew Sainsbury, and Alexander Hinkley for their recent reviews of Gamers at Work: Stories Behind the Games People Play.
[Gamers at Work] doesn't just chronicle past successes. There are some contemporary success stories. The interviews are well-done, and there's plenty to learn from all of their successes and failures. There's no real knowledge of coding to be gleaned. But programming isn't just coding. It's knowing how to get things done. And these interviews are with people who got things done.
If you’ve been around since the dawn of video games or are looking to break in, this might be a book you definitely want to put on your holiday or birthday wish list. [...] The book wraps up stories that will inspire some, instill nostalgic memories in others and offer insight into how the gears of our favorite industry fit together and work, or don’t work.
Ramsay organically ties the two together: How did the business savvy allow the game-making to occur? [...] Without getting repetitive, Ramsay has his subjects lead us through the genesis of what became their next business, of developing their more successful titles, and the eventual outcome.
[Gamers at Work] inspired me, it fascinated me and it enlightened me. [...] Ramsay has interviewed a deep cross section of the American industry and the people he has interviewed are often very candid about both the successes and failures.
Gamers at Work is an interesting, fun book that appeals to a broad audience. It is a must-buy for anybody who is serious about working in the gaming [sic] industry and something that regular gamers with an interest in the industry would find educational as well.
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