Let’s talk about Dungeons and Desktops

Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-playing GamesDungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-playing Games by Matt Barton
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I can only recommend this book to people who have NEVER played an RPG (or ANY kind of video-game) and even then I’d just tell them to spend an afternoon on Wikipedia to get pretty much the same effect.

Let’s start with the screenshots. What’s the point of having them if they’re small postage stamp sized blobs of darkness?

Then there’s the book’s structure. Going chronologically may have seemed like a good idea, but in the end it’s just one game description after another. The author never really goes in depth and when he finally does he goes way too far. Any knowledge one might glean from this book can be easily and legally be found for free on Wikipedia or any of a miriad of other websites.

Also, did nobody proofread this thing? There are spelling errors, grammatical mistakes and run on sentences. Any attempts at humor likewise fall flat.

In a way it’s sad that I don’t like this book because I really dig the subject matter and the author’s enthusiasm is just dripping off every page. If only the enthusiasm was matched with competent writing. One star for effort.

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