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Game-Related Books

As some may know, I loves games, and hope to study game design (or something along that line) in the near future. I have recently come to own a few game-related books, and thought I would share them with you here on Fighting Books.

Reality is Broken – Jane McGonigal

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In this book, Jane McGonigal, a woman I look very much up to, explains alternate reality games, examples of these, and how to create them yourself. What is more important is that she discusses how these kind of games can not only be viewed as entertainment and an escape from reality, but also how they can improve the world and the lives of the people playing them.

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Introduction to Game Analysis – Clara Fernández-Vara

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This book contains a framework on how to study, research and analyse a video game. It mentions different areas you can analyse (context, game overview, formal elements), and explains how to take this knowledge and use it to write the analysis.

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The Well-played Game – Bernard De Koven

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Instead of focusing directly on the new game technologies out there, this book focuses on games in general (board games, sports, kids play, etc.) and offers a guide to how games work. Bernard De Koven focuses on social play, and what it means to play well together.

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Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

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Differing from the above mentioned books, Ready Player One is a fictional science-fiction novel about the virtual reality game OASIS, and the boy Wade Watts, who participates in the puzzles of this game. Since I have not yet read the book, I can not give a very detailed description of the plot, but I look very much forward to reading it.

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Fighting Books: New Layout!

I’m Back!

After five months without posting, I decided it was finally time to get back to blogging once again – especially now that my summer vacation has finally started.

So here I am, with a whole new layout for Fighting Books, because why not?

Here are before and after screenshots of the blog:

Before

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After

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As you can see, the blog became a tad more minimalistic and bright, less pink and more mint, and it will from now on (hopefully) have feature images on each post.

Do tell me what you think!

I also finally got to make an Instagram account specifically for Fighting Books, which you can find here:

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Go follow Fighting Books on Instagram, if you’re interested!

As always, have a great day,

Shia

New Books: February 2016

Hi

I may or may not have spent a lot of money on 15 books, just to have books for the next many months to come.. But well, books are nice!

The books I got:

  • Harry Potter (Box set) – J. K. Rowling
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (Box set) – E. L. James
  • Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick
  • Passenger – Alexandra Bracken
  • Business Model generation – Alexander Osterwalder et. al.
  • Value Proposition Design – Alexander Osterwalder et. al.

Shia

TBR 2016

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I have honestly never had much of a TBR (to-be-read) list in my life, since I never knew of enough books (or could control my varying preferences in books). But for some reason 2016 would be the year, where I finally pulled myself together to create a list of the books I would like to read this year.

The list may not be long enough to last for the entire year, since my reading challenge of 2016 is reading at least 24 books (minimum of two each month), or it may be too long – I can’t predict my future reading patterns, haha! The below mentioned books are the ones that I really hope to read in 2016.

My TBR List of 2016:

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick
  • Passenger – Alexandra Bracken
  • The Hollow Kingdom – Clare B. Dunkle
  • Through The Woods – Emily Carroll
  • Introduction to Game Analysis – Clara Fernández-Vara
  • Business Model generation – Alexander Osterwalder et. al.
  • Value Proposition Design – Alexander Osterwalder et. al.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J. K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J. K. Rowling
  • Fifty Shades of Grey – E. L. James
  • Fifty Shades Darker – E. L. James
  • Fifty Shades Freed – E. L. James
  • Skammerens Datter (The Shamer’s Daughter) – Lene Kaaberbøl
  • Skammertegnet – Lene Kaaberbøl
  • Slangens Gave – Lene Kaaberbøl
  • Skammerkrigen – Lene Kaaberbøl

I will also add this list to a new page on the blog, which I will call “TBR” – I may or may not add books to this list through the year.

Shia

New Books: January 2016

Hello

Here’s another haul post, since I held my birthday in January, instead of December and therefore received some more books!

All of the books are in Danish, whereas the first two are books full of Vietnamese and Japanese recipees. The last book is a comic that has been partly edited by one of my good friends, which is awesome.

The books I got:

  • Lêlês gadekøkken – Anh Lê
  • Wagamama – Hugo Arnold
  • Muld & Mille: Lotusdammens vogter – Niels Roland

Shia

New Books: December 2015

Hi!

I received a lot of great books from my mom on my birthday and christmas this year, and as usual December is the time of the year, where I get the most new books.

All of the books in this haul, except one, are based on graphics and visuals, whereas some are concept art books, and other are comics. The last book is an acedemic book created as a framework for people to analyse video games.

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The books I got:

  • The Art of Spirited Away – Hayao Miyazaki
  • Through the Woods – Emily Carroll
  • This Books Loves You – Pewdiepie
  • Pig the Pug – Aaron Blabey
  • Introduction to Game Analysis – Clara Fernández-Vara

Shia

2015 wrap-up

Happy New Year!!

This year has had a lot of activity on the blog, though these last two months I have been a gone’r, while writing NaNoWriMo, exams, and doing.. well.. life stuff.

It is finally 2016, and therefore Fighting Books needs an overall update!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

 

Click here to see the complete report.

As I wrote in a post earlier in 2015, I managed to finish my Goodreads reading challenge very quickly, and in the end I managed to read 30 books in the year of 2015.

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As usual, I will continue with the same goal for 2016: to read 24 books in the year of 2016, and read at least two books every month.

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Shia

WINNER NaNoWriMo 2015

I finally did it!!

I won this year’s NaNoWriMo by writing a novel consisting of 50,000 words written in one month: November.

I have explained the concept here. Add me as a buddy on the website: ShiaTheChatbox

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I am super happy and extremely proud of myself, since writing a novel has been a goal for me since I was born (or maybe a tad later than that..).

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 My prepping and motivational corkboard

I will admit that this month has been very stressful and painful and all those other kinds of ‘-ful’s, because while writing my novel, I have been studying, been working on three different exams, been working at my job and tried to follow through with life on the side. But I actually managed to do so! So the pain was definitely worth it!

This is obviously also why I haven’t updated Fighting Books at all this month.nanonano2

It is impossible for me to thank my NaNoWriMo buddies enough, because without their support and motivational speeches, I may not have made it through to the end. While it has been a busy month, it has also been a social one, since I have met so many new great people through this event to different local write-ins in my city.

Thaaaank yooou!!!!! And congratulations to all the other Wrimos who worked super hard for this challenge!

Shia

NaNoWriMo 2015

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It is very close to being the month of November, which means that NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month of 2015, is near.

NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge, where you spend the month of November trying to write a novel consisting of 50,000 words. I have also mentioned NaNoWriMo here.

Like last year, i have decided to participate, in hope that I will be motivated enough to actualy finally write (and hopefully finish) a novel. I didn’t complete it last year, and I might not complete it this year either, but I have decided that, to me, the most important thing is to just write, write, write!

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I first learned about NaNoWriMo in November last year, which resulted in me being very very late with my story. I am therefore hoping this post will remind you early enough to be somewhat prepared to write in November.

As you can see on the picture above, I am pretty serious with my prepping, and I am hoping to comepletely finish an outline of my story before November 1st. I am also using the software Scrivener for the first time in my life, and I hope it will be a good friend through the month. If you are interested in Scrivener, they have made a special NaNoWriMo trial, where instead of only 30 days, you can use it for free until December 7th – find the download of the trial here.

If any of you are participating (it is of course for everyone to join!), it would be awesome if you could tell me about it in the comments, and maybe become my writing buddy on NaNoWriMo’s website.

Good luck out there!

Shia