When Brendan Keogh released his book Killing is Harmless: A Critical Reading of Spec Ops: The Line, he didn't necessarily expect to sell 6000 copies, but when that happened, he and fellow games critic Dan Golding had a lightbulb moment. People enjoy video games. People enjoy reading about the video games they enjoy. Maybe they would enjoy reading more books about video games they enjoy. Written by people who enjoyed them.
Enter 'Press Select': an independent publishing label committed to launching long form criticism focused on video games, written by some of the best game critics currently bashing at keyboards.
According to co-founder Brendan, the inspiration came from a simple desire to read books, like the one he had written, by other critics.
"After I released Killing is Harmless, everybody kept asking me if I was going to write more books about games," explains Keogh. "But, really, I’m much more excited to see what other people would write about if given the opportunity to write a whole book about a single game. I want to see how they would approach it. Press Select is that opportunity."
Brendan's partner in this endeavour is Dan Golding. Dan, like Brendan, has written for Kotaku Australia, and currently writes for the ABC Arts section. To Dan, Press Select is about the conversations we can have about video games.
"It’s been really exciting to see the changes that videogame criticism has seen over the last few years," he said. "These are changes that have gone hand-in-hand with the medium itself, and the kinds of conversations people now want to have about videogames. With Press Select, we’re really hoping to augment the ways that people talk and think about videogames."
It's a great concept, with a great line-up. Kotaku's Patricia Hernandez is currently scheduled to write a book for the fledgling label, alongside Tim Rogers, Chris Dahlen, Michael Abbot (The Brainy Gamer) and Jenn Frank. We're looking forward to finding out who write about what, and what they write!