I’m presuming (you know what they say when you “presume”) that because you’re here reading a blog and not watching
a cheap prostitution of one’s talents a vlog that you enjoy reading. Or at the very least, video games interest you enough that you’re making yourself do it.
And by the way, there’s a difference between bibliophilia and bibliomania. If you’re a lover of books, make sure you know which one you are. I’ve known some weirdos who obsess over books just because they’re books, but not because they read them. Bibliomania can be characterized by obsessive-compulsion and harm to interpersonal relationships and health. Heck, one time I had to leave a Barnes & Noble because this girl looking at the books in the aisle beside me said “There are too many human characters. I want moar monsters!” and then proceeded to perform impersonations of Godzilla. But for all you erudite and actual bookworms out there, our question for the day is…
“What is your Favorite Video Game Book?“
*Note that any form of physical or electronic readable material that is not a video game itself counts as “book”.
The Timely Mage
While I don’t own a lot of video game books I’d say my favorite might be the Final Fantasy VIII guide only because of sentimental reasons. I know it’s not necessarily the best answer but it’s all I’ve got. I used it over and over again through each playthrough until it began to fall apart and then my wife was awesome enough to surprise me with another one to replace it. I also have to mention the guide for Final Fantasy XIII. While the game wasn’t the greatest and the guide wasn’t too necessary it was actually really well constructed and my first hardcover guide.
The Black Humor Mage
Comic books count, right? If that’s the case then I really like the Injustice series. It’s part of the story to the video game series Injustice: Gods Among Us, and tells a pretty good DC story. Although some of the artwork can be a little lackluster at times, Injustice does justice for the video game by expanding the story and not limiting it to arcade-fighter style plot.
The Rage Mage
So I guess all these “haters and losers” round here like Final Fantasy. I’m gonna say the book I love to hate is Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within the crappy novelization based on the crappy movie based on the crappiest parts of the FF franchise. It’s written by three old white men who never made it out of ‘Nam. Yes, now you no longer have to sit through a 1 hour and 48 minute cutscene of 90’s CGI. You can now spend over 20 hours having that same cutscene explained to you in the language of amateurese. Minus the CGI. It’s like your inbred cousin calling you on a phone with bad reception and telling you about the movie in adjective-laden run-on sentences, never getting to the point, dwelling on the “good” blue stuff filling the planet before they be killing the planet and saving the world from the phantom alien ghost zoo, or from James Woods.
All your favorite characters are back for more meaningless, dystopian mouth-breathing dialogue, like Donald Sutherland’s career-widower, the Rob Schneider guy, the obvious villain in black, the frickin’ Planet, and butter-face Aki Ross who dreams of Protoss. All your favorite lines from the movie are here too, such as: “Curse you, Square!”, “Thanks a lot, FFVII!”, “Where the purgatory are all the Moogles and Chocobos?!”, “I spent my birthday money on this?”, “Why did I drag Jessica with me? She’ll never speak to me again!”, and “I wonder how fast ambulance response time is to this theater… I feel another heart attack coming on.” Purchase your copy today and secure a discount on engraving of your epitaph!
The Green Screen Mage
Halo: Contact Harvest. A story where Sergeant Johnson is the lead? Sign me the hell up! Johnson, my sweet baby Osmo, a Huragok and Unggoy duo, first contact between humans and Covenant, Jiralhanae making Sangheili climb ladders because they know their legs aren’t built for ladders, the San’Shyuum conspiracy, the start of the Human-Covenant War! If you’re a fan of Halo, I guarantee you’ll enjoy this book.
The White Out Mage
I’ve not read many (if any) books in this “genre”. And so I must turn to a gaming guide. And what better gaming guide to turn to than the Nintendo Player’s Guide for Super Mario 64! Mind you, I was a good little gamer and I tried my hardest to find every single star by myself. But for the ones that caused me to turn blue in the face, I turned to the guide.
The Well-Red Mage
I can recommend the novelization Ico: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe. The video game Ico is shrouded in mystery and a lot of the backstory, culture, mythos and history of the world surrounding the Castle is explain in the novel. It even gives us an explanation of who Yorda and the Queen are and why this all happened to them. It’s fairly well written until the final confrontation. There just isn’t any good way to translate a tense boss fight into literature, and it’s at that point that I think the novel reveals too much. I actually stopped reading at that point and only forced myself to finish it several months later. It’s still very fascinating with all that said.