UPDATE 01/22/2019: I have updated this post to include a new book I really enjoyed since I wrote it.
One of our goals as parents is to help our children become well rounded adults. We want them to have a breadth of experiences that comes from exposure to different activities, mediums, and works.
This can be hard, especially if your child is a gamer. Gamers want to play. So how do we get them to do other things, like read a book?
Sometimes the way you get them to do something they may not normally choose is to give them choices that line up with their current desires. For example, give them books about video games to get them reading.
Luckily there are several good video game related books out there. Here are four I recommend.
The Ultimate History of Video Games – From Pong to Pokemon – This is a great overview of the history of video games.
Master of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture – This book covers the history of id Software, the company that created Doom and launch the first-person shooter genre. (NOTE: There is some bad language in this one due to the author quoting the guys he interviewed.)
Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America – This tells the story of Nintendo coming to America.
Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made – This book details the development of 10 recent games. These include games built by tiny teams (Stardew Valley built by one guy) and huge teams (Uncharted 4 built by hundreds). It is a great look behind the curtain.
Any of these books would be a great way to get your gamer reading.