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Summary

From the best-selling author of Blood, Sweat, and Pixels comes the next definitive, behind-the-scenes account of the video game industry: how some of the past decade's most renowned studios fell apart - and the stories, both triumphant and tragic, of what happened next.

Jason Schreier's groundbreaking reporting has earned him a place among the preeminent investigative journalists covering the world of video games. In his eagerly anticipated, deeply researched new book, Schreier trains his investigative eye on the volatility of the video game industry and the resilience of the people who work in it. 

The business of videogames is both a prestige industry and an opaque one. Based on dozens of first-hand interviews that cover the development of landmark games - Bioshock Infinite, Epic Mickey, Dead Space, and more - on to the shocking closures of the studios that made them, Press Reset tells the stories of how real people are affected by game studio shutdowns, and how they recover, move on, or escape the industry entirely. 

Schreier's insider interviews cover hostile takeovers, abusive bosses, corporate drama, bounced checks, and that one time the Boston Red Sox's Curt Schilling decided he was going to lead a game studio that would take out World of Warcraft. Along the way, he asks pressing questions about why, when the video game industry is more successful than ever, it's become so hard to make a stable living making video games - and whether the business of making games can change before it's too late.

©2021 Jason Schreier (P)2021 Grand Central Publishing

Critic reviews

“My only complaint about Blood, Sweat, and Pixels is that there wasn't more to read.” (Forbes)

“Jason Schreier is a huge fan of video games, and his enthusiasm is contagious.” (Booklist)

“Schreier covers the notoriously secretive gaming industry [and] knows it well.” (GQ

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Another good and interesting read!

Was way more interesting and exciting than I thought it would be, almost on par with the first book! Worst thing is the quality of the audio, which would sometimes sound like the guy was talking through a walkie talkie o_O

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super interesting and super-er scary

this has been my walk to work for the last few weeks , I laughed and I shuddered. Jason words and that narration = gold

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Ist's okay

The stories itself are ok. But it's kinda dissapointing that almost every chapter/story is connected to Irrational Games. I would have loved to hear about totally different studios. Furthermore there are to many characters in each chapter. I kinda lost track of what was going on when the main character or studio changed for the third time during a chapter.

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Educational

Worth a listen to hear the human cost of the game industry and its horrors.

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Another great book about the games industry

Jason Schreier's first book 'Blood, Sweat, and Pixels' was excellent, it told the story of the development of a number of successful games. This new book pivots slightly and concentrates on the people and the studios directly, concentrating on a number of developers who bob and weave around the industry due to the unstable nature of game development. You really get a feel for how fragile the industry is and how close the house of cards is to falling over. it is expertly told by Jason who is sympathetic and draws out fascinating insights from all involved, and narrated by Ray Chase who provides excellent texture, colour and emotion to the words. Recommended for anyone who has a passing interest in the industry behind the games.

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Great book, fantasticly told but poor audio?

I loved this, as with Schreier's earlier book. Chase is fantastic again too. However this is let down slightly in odd, small sections where the audio quality seems to dip to a much lower bitrate or quality level. I'm very glad to have listened to it but it's not perfect for that reason alone. I really enjoyed it, don't let it put you off, it's still excellent and timely and we really need to heed the lessons in the book for not only video games but all businesses.

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Interesting look at how the game industry is run

Great book and interesting look at how the game industry is run or badly run and what happens after you finish a game or worse get cancelled
how hard it can be to be a game developer and what happens when it's game over

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great book

book is fantastic but the audio is mediocre. it keeps switching between good quality and terrible quality for some strange reason.

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Great audiobook bad sound quality

Content was great, on par with previous book from Jason Schreier. Narration was good but suffered from very low sound quality occasionally.

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a must read for all gamers and aspiring game devs

I love games! I'm a gamer. I do not want my favourite past time to be at the cost of people's lives, mental health or anxiety. learning about game studios closing and how we got here is a must to enjoy your past time responsibly.

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  • 20-05-21

Wonderful look into the unstable world of game dev

It was bitter sweet to hear the accounts of people chewed up and spit out by the industry

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  • 25-05-21

A Strong Case for Unionization in Game Development

Just a fantastic listen from start to end about game development and its unspoken human cost. It was a roller coaster learning more about the development toll of major releases, both the critically acclaimed, the universally trashed, and the inbetweens, and how those game devs moved on.

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  • 25-05-21

Absolutely a must listen to anyone remotely interested in the games industry

Jason Schreier does it again! With a book that takes a peek behind the curtain of the development of our favorite games and experiences he really paints a picture and shows you the good the bad and the downright ugly of the games industry.

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  • Elizabeth Jacobsen
  • 23-05-21

Must Read/Listen for Gamers

Extremely evocative storytelling with a wide variety of fascinating, yet sad, stories. Ultimately, it does end on a hopeful note, with the desire for work from home to become a better standard.

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  • Felipe Aguilera
  • 23-05-21

Tragic adventures of the videogame studios

Good sequel to blood sweat and pixels. Focused in the Rise and fall of Studios instead of specific videogames, keeps beign interesting.

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  • Shane G.
  • 20-05-21

Absolutely amazing!

I purchased this book with the idea that ConcernedApe would be mentioned. He wasn't, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • weimert
  • 26-07-21

Political bias

I could’ve done without the author’s obvious political bias. I didn’t get the book to hear how bad the author thinks conservatives and Republicans are. I wanted to learn about video games and the industry. Even without the political bent, the book was nowhere near as interesting as blood sweat and pixels.

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  • Kaneda
  • 22-07-21

Another great book about the industry.

Great book, well worth the listen and once again the human stories behind the industry are the most interesting.

I have worked in the gaming industry in Scandinavia for about 12 years now, maybe I have been incredibly lucky with the two independent studios I've been employed at but I honestly have not experienced half of the issues which are raised in this book.

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  • Jeremy
  • 21-07-21

Must read for anyone working in gaming.

Well written, and well narrated. This book, and th authors previous book, are must reads for anyone currently working in, or thinking about working in the gaming industry. This industry suffers from a lack of insider exposure, and there are not enough resources like this out there to help outsiders understand the state of the gaming industry. It is often a relentless, cutthroat industry, and most gamers have no idea how much the people who made their games have sacrificed in order to do so.

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  • Kathleen R Herald
  • 19-07-21

Essential Reading

If you have ever wanted to work in games, this book is essential. Schreier weaves together seamlessly the stories of dozens of developers who have had to repeatedly press reset on their lives due to the whims of the industry, and does so in a way that keeps you engrossed and fascinated for the entire listen.