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Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry

Jason Schreier

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LITTLE BROWN US
12 October 2021
Jason Schreier's groundbreaking reporting has earned him a place among the preeminent investigative journalists covering the world of video games. In his eagerly anticipated, deeply researched new book, Schreier trains his investigative eye on the volatility of the video game industry and the resilience of the people who work in it.

The business of videogames is both a prestige industry and an opaque one. Based on dozens of first-hand interviews that cover the development of landmark games-Bioshock Infinite, Epic Mickey, Dead Space, and more-on to the shocking closures of the studios that made them, Press Reset tells the stories of how real people are affected by game studio shutdowns, and how they recover, move on, or escape the industry entirely.

Schreier's insider interviews cover hostile takeovers, abusive bosses, corporate drama, bounced checks, and that one time the Boston Red Sox's Curt Schilling decided he was going to lead a game studio that would take out World of Warcraft. Along the way, he asks pressing questions about why, when the video game industry is more successful than ever, it's become so hard to make a stable living making video games-and whether the business of making games can change before it's too late.
By:   Jason Schreier
Imprint:   LITTLE BROWN US
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   320g
ISBN:   9781538735497
ISBN 10:   1538735490
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   12 October 2021
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jason Schreier is the author of Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, and the video game reporter at Bloomberg News. Previously, he spent ten years at Kotaku.com a leading website covering the industry and culture of video games. He has also covered the video game world for Wired, and has contributed to a wide range of outlets including The New York Times, Edge, Paste, Kill Screen, and The Onion News Network.

Reviews for Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry

An informed, well-balanced report on the video game industry's passions and pitfalls. --Kirkus This standout book will appeal to readers of Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN, as well as viewers of NoClip's YouTube documentaries. Beyond gamers, this well-researched account will also interest labor advocates. --Library Journal Jason Schreier is a huge fan of video games, and his enthusiasm is contagious. --Booklist My only complaint about Blood, Sweat, and Pixels is that there wasn't more to read. --Forbes Schreier covers the notoriously secretive gaming industry [and] knows it well. --GQ


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