Blood, Sweat, and Pix­els

The Week (US) - - Arts 23 - By Ja­son Schreier (Harper, $16)

Sto­ries about bril­liant teams fail­ing spec­tac­u­larly can be “en­ter­tain­ing as hell,” said Glen Wel­don in NPR.org. It’s a shame, then, that jour­nal­ist Ja­son Schreier mixes only a few such tales into his sur­vey of how video games are made, fo­cus­ing more of­ten on squads of cod­ing he­roes who push through 100-hour weeks to cre­ate bound­ary-break­ing hits. Schreier knows this world deeply; you just wish he’d brought to this project “a salti­ness that would pro­vide real in­sights into its eas­ily wounded, boys-only ethos.”

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