1up.com’s Jeremy Parish is probably one of the most intelligent game journalists around, so when he spread news that he was putting a book of works together from both himself and his staff, I knew it was something to keep my eye on. After all, Jeremy is one of the few professional game journalists that actually knows how to write well, and even when I disagree with the guy, his points are always valid. In addition, the rest of the team over at his personal website, Gamespite.net, are also a bunch of talented individuals. When Gamespite Quarterly was release about two weeks ago, I decided I’d order my own copy.
Quarterly is a compilation of articles and reviews from the staff at Gamespite, in which I gather each Quarterly issue will have a theme. In celebration of the Gameboy’s 20th Anniversary, the first issue is nothing but love for Nintendo’s little machine that could. Many of the features are actually straight off the website, while some of them are new to the book (though I believe even those new ones will end up on the site eventually). So what’s the point of buying a book where all the content will be available for free on the web at some point? Because I can’t help but downright respect a grassroots venture such as this. I love the idea of having a physical book encompassing all of the Gameboy’s rich history, and it helps that nearly all the reviews and columns are well written and thought out.
The book offers a brief history about the Gameboy itself, along with brief looks at its rivals like the Atari Lynx and the Sega Gamegear. There are plenty of reviews on well known Gameboy titles like Mario Land and Fall of the Footclan, as well as some more obscure titles like Gargoyle’s Quest. Staying somewhat current, the book even offers looks at the recent Casltevania title on the DS, along with a few other modern games. It all comes together quite nicely, and it makes for a great read in short bursts since most of the articles aren’t more than a page or two.
The price is a little steep, as I paid around 20 dollars total (that includes shipping) for the paperback version of the book. This certainly isn’t for everyone, and it’s hard to recommend once you consider the price and the fact that this stuff is available through the Gamespite website. That said, this is stricly for the people that really appreciate great writing about classic gaming, and I imagine those people would know who they are.
I’m thoroughly enjoying this book so far, and I look forward to the next issue. This is an interesting venture that I hope goes well for the crew at Gamespite.