Kotaku's 2014 Gift Guide: Books

Kotaku's 2014 Gift Guide: Books

Christmas is a time for giving. And if you're over the age of 13, that usually means giving (or asking for!) books. That being the case, here are some good books you can buy (or ask for!) for someone who is into video games, or is just a cool person around video games.

A note before we move on: because we're talking about gifts here, I've tried to steer away from novels. People's tastes can be fickle when it comes to stuff like that, so most of the books I've listed below are "safer" options, namely coffee table and/or art books.


BEFORE MARIO

Kotaku's 2014 Gift Guide: Books

A must for anyone who loves Nintendo. Before Mario tells the story of the company before it specialised in video games, with beautiful images and thorough research showcasing the neat toys, gadgets and trinkets Nintendo came up with in the decades before the NES and Donkey Kong.

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COSPLAY WORLD

Kotaku's 2014 Gift Guide: Books

Yes, this is a little biased (that's mine and Brian's name on the cover). But I'm super proud of the book and think it makes an awesome Christmas present for anyone who's into - or even curious - about cosplay. Along with hundreds of amazing photos of the world's best cosplayers, there are interviews and profiles that break down the history of the scene, from its origins in the early 20th century to raunchy masquerades in the 1970s to the big conventions of today.

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SEGA MEGA DRIVE/GENESIS: COLLECTED WORKS

Kotaku's 2014 Gift Guide: Books

This is the best coffee table book about video games of all time. It's historical, yes, but it's also gorgeous, packed with art, design documents and schematics of Sega's most famous console. Seeing the actual design notes for games like Streets of Rage is a highlight.

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D&D 5th EDITION

Kotaku's 2014 Gift Guide: Books

"This is the best, most exciting kind of D&D we've had in twenty years, and that's not all", says Quintin in our look at the RPG classic's 5th edition. "It's never been more beginner-friendly." If you've ever wanted to buy someone Dungeons & Dragons, the new 5th edition is the best place to start.

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CHRONO TRIGGER

Kotaku's 2014 Gift Guide: Books

Hey, it's 2014, why not read a book about Chrono Trigger. A book that goes deep into the game. It's not about how it was made, but about what it all means, comparing its systems and values to that of our own world, and examining just why it's regarded as one of the best RPGs of all time.

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MECHS & THE CITY

Kotaku's 2014 Gift Guide: Books

This is the second sketchbook by Ian McQue, an artist who spent almost 20 years at Rockstar North, the developers of the Grand Theft Auto series. If you're like me and dig the raw, unfinished nature of sketchbooks - they're like daydreams recorded for posterity! - this is awesome.

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EVERY DAY IS PLAY

Kotaku's 2014 Gift Guide: Books

Another beautiful coffee table book, Every Day is Play celebrates the work of video game fan artists, collecting some of the best illustrations, comics and photos of the past decade and presenting them in a gorgeous hardcover.

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HELLBOY: THE FIRST 20 YEARS

Kotaku's 2014 Gift Guide: Books

There are few people on the planet with an art style as iconic and adored as Mike Mignola. So when a book celebrating the first 20 years of Hellboy is released, full of sketches and ideas and unblemished cover art, you get it. For someone else if you love them, or if not, then treat yourself.

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THE ART OF DESTINY

Kotaku's 2014 Gift Guide: Books

There were so many great video game art books released this year. Assassin's Creed Unity, Titanfall...but the best one is Destiny's. It's a gorgeous thing to flick through, even if you've never played the game, which I think is (aside from insightful commentary) the sign of a really great art book. We've posted a ton of Destiny art on the site this year, but that's only scratching the surface of what's in here.

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CONSOLE WARS

Kotaku's 2014 Gift Guide: Books

There simply aren't enough books like this. Console Wars goes beyond the marketing and heresay to take a detailed look at the 90's rivalry between Sega and Nintendo. We're talking over 200 interviews with former employees of both companies. It's a must-read for anyone into video game history.

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    I reckon just go with a novel. Could Atlas is awesome - although it's pretty heavy going in some places (you've got to stick it out til the end) - or for pulpy military sci-fi military maybe try the Horus Heresy series (/definitely, if the person is a 40k fan).

    Last edited 09/12/14 4:35 pm

    Gaming novels, absolutely.

    I cannot recommend Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle highly enough. Ready Player One could be good too, for a cheesy but decent read.

    I'll be buying D&D 5th for my brother this year. He seems to really want it. That made my job easier.

    Man, that picture of the Hedgehog in the CT book bears an awesome likeness to Lavos.

    I recommend the Console Wars book. Very entertaining, and although primarily told from SEGA's point of view, there are some really great glimpses into Nintendo's presence in North America and the arrogance with which it dealt with retailers in particular. Also some interesting highlights from Sony as they tried to do to SEGA what SEGA had done to Nintendo.

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