Sometimes I get the impression from parents, politicians, and Fox News that if you’re playing videogames, you’re not reading. So when I decided we should do a “What we’re reading” post this week, I was pleased to see so many responses. It’s worth noting that a handful of folks relate reading to videogames in their answers — but I suppose that’s fair game. On that note, I hear there’s tons of optional reading in Lost Odyssey. After getting an email from Gavin, I’m think it’s one game I need to read up on:
“The plot (at least so far) revolves around one character trying to build this giant station called. ‘Grand Staff.’ So you get lots of lines like ‘I must complete work on Grand Staff!’ or ‘Grand Staff will make our magic stronger!'”
I couldn’t agree more. On that note, let us know what you’re reading. Have a great weekend!
Erin Losi: Gluten Free Girl, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Grazia (my new favorite British gossip mag)
Steve Meister: Just finished The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss, which was extremely good. I also recently finished Scarlet, by Stephen Lawhead, the second in his re-imagining of the Robin Hood legend, which was also very good. I am now reading The Wanderer’s Tale, book one in the Annals of Lindormin by David Bilsborough, and I’ve got to tell you, this is one of the worst books I’ve read in a long time. It really has no redeeming qualities. Avoid it.
Brendan Anthony, Programmer: Thomas Paine’s Age of Reason, The Pillars of the Earth, Michio Kaku’s Visions.
Chris Esko, Systems Programmer: Quirkology, Making Money, news from GDC
Gavin Carter, Producer: Flexing my pretentiousness as I do battle with Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon.
Megan Sawyer, Artist: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, Monday Mourning by Kathy Reichs, Buffy (Season 8 Chapter 2) comics by Brian K. Vaughn, Angel: After the Fall (Season 6 Chapter 1) comics by Joss Whedon, various magazines, the forums.
Larry Waldman, QA: The Color of Magic.
Shannon Bailey, Programmer: Until I Find You, Stuart: A Life Backwards, The World Without Us, Lost Odyssey
Lindsay Westcott: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, A Short History of Nearly Everything
Matt Grandstaff: No Country for Old Men, God Save the Fan!, Sports Illustrated, the forums
Jeff Browne, Level Designer: The Forgotten Soldier, Brothers in Battle – Best of Friends
Matt Carofano, Art Director: I’m working my way through The Dark Tower series.
Jay Woodward, AI Programmer: The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Neptune Noir: Unauthorized Investigations into Veronica Mars, televisionwithoutpity.com, questionablecontent.net, tvtropes.org, mountains of Fallout 3 source code, our forums.
Pete Hines: Just finished Born Queen, which was really good and brought a great series to a close. Now reading Assassin’s Quest, Black Company, and The Essential Calvin and Hobbes.
Craig Lafferty, Producer: The thousand year stories in Lost Odyssey
Cory Dornbusch, QA Tester: The Road, and forums involved in Dominance War III.
Emil Pagliarulo, Fallout 3 Lead Designer: Bleak House, Blood Meridian
Ashley Cheng, Producer: Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Y: The last Man, The Charnel Prince, Entertainment Weekly
Josh Jones: Master of the Senate by Robert Caro
Jeff Gardiner, Producer: The Illuminatus! Trilogy
Fred Zeleny, Quest Designer: Save the Cat!, Second Person: Role-Played and Story in Games and Playable Media, Wizards Presents: Worlds and Monsters. And everything I can about the week’s events at GDC.
Jesse Tucker, Level Design: Dune. Not the forums, they scare me.
Will Noble: Feast for Crows, Collapse, Elitist Jerks.
Jared Angus, QA Tester: The Wheel of Time series (Robert Jordan, rest in peace)
Ricardo Gonzalez, Bookworm Deluxe: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin while I level up my fishing; various issues of Cook’s Illustrated litter my kitchen; a small, 1,000,000+ word work called the Fallout 3 codebase.
Nate Purkeypile, Viking Warlord: Various things by Phillip K. Dick and maybe finally finishing Kerouac’s On the Road.
Mark Lampert, Audio: McCarthy’s Bar: A Journey of Discovery In Ireland (Pete McCarthy)
Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Murakami), Emergence in Games (Sweetser), Skin (Varis)
Joel Burgess: A Clash of Kings, The Dunwich Horror, Call of the Wild