This may be old news to those of you in the know, but there is a book that talks about the development and history of the venerable PlayStation 1. PlayStation Anthology starts with Sony’s history in 1945 after World War II, and follows their successes and struggles through 2006.
We would never attempt to teach you something here, but the PS1 might never have happened. A few decisions here or there, and we might only have a choice between Microsoft and Nintendo.
The book features interviews with 26 people who developed games during that time. They have interviews with Jason Rubin of Naughty Dog, Hitoshi Sakimoto of Square Enix, and Suda51. They share their experiences, and we are promised “unabashed honesty” in their tales.
There are two versions, because nothing can release without a collector’s edition these days. The vanilla version has 384 pages, and you can grab it on Amazon. The collector’s edition has 440 pages, and you can buy it at Geeks-Line Publishing. It’s around $10 more, and it has a list of every game that released in every territory by year.
We see a lot of products marketed toward gamers, from the good (and expensive) to the gross. Books are becoming more common, and they trace the history of the industry, key figures, and development pains and successes. As we continue to grow and evolve as an industry, it will be interesting to read future histories about what is happening right now.
If you want to see a sample of the book and see more details, you can check it out here.