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Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made (Paperback)

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For anyone who loves video games – or is even just interested - this book is a whole lot of fun. Getting to know the people and stories behind some of the biggest (and most infamous) games of the last decade is intriguing and enlightening, and the burdens and joys of being a game developer are now much clearer and easier to relate to. A true-to-life anthology giving you another way to experience your favorite games. 

— Jocelyn

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Developing video games--hero's journey or fool's errand? The creative and technical logistics that go into building today's hottest games can be more harrowing and complex than the games themselves, often seeming like an endless maze or a bottomless abyss. In Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, Jason Schreier takes readers on a fascinating odyssey behind the scenes of video game development, where the creator may be a team of 600 overworked underdogs or a solitary geek genius. Exploring the artistic challenges, technical impossibilities, marketplace demands, and Donkey Kong-sized monkey wrenches thrown into the works by corporate, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels reveals how bringing any game to completion is more than Sisyphean--it's nothing short of miraculous.

Taking some of the most popular, bestselling recent games, Schreier immerses readers in the hellfire of the development process, whether it's RPG studio Bioware's challenge to beat an impossible schedule and overcome countless technical nightmares to build Dragon Age: Inquisition; indie developer Eric Barone's single-handed efforts to grow country-life RPG Stardew Valley from one man's vision into a multi-million-dollar franchise; or Bungie spinning out from their corporate overlords at Microsoft to create Destiny, a brand new universe that they hoped would become as iconic as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings--even as it nearly ripped their studio apart.

Documenting the round-the-clock crunches, buggy-eyed burnout, and last-minute saves, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels is a journey through development hell--and ultimately a tribute to the dedicated diehards and unsung heroes who scale mountains of obstacles in their quests to create the best games imaginable.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062651235
ISBN-10: 0062651234
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English

 

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