Video games have become a pervasive medium in 21st century life. According to Venturebeat, “more than 1.2 billion people are playing video games worldwide.” That means that at least 1 in 7 people in the entire world are gamers.
With this many people playing video games there has to be some crossover into the reading world, especially because one of the most important aspects of gaming is the story. So why aren’t there more books that include video games as themes? Perhaps there is an untapped market to be discovered one day, but for now here are some of the most popular books with video games as a major theme.
Ender’s Game By Orson Scott Card
Ender’s Game captures the essence of the gaming fantasy. One day you are just minding your own business and suddenly you are recruited to fight against an invading alien horde. You lead an elite team of pilots as you save the earth from the comfort of a virtual reality desk. What can be better than that?
Ready Player One By Ernest Cline
Cline’s book takes place in a dystopian future that has been overrun with video games. So much so that nobody does anything other than plug in and waste the day away. A far fetched fantasy? Or an ever looming possibility? You be the judge.
Game Over, Pete Watson By Joe Schreiber
Poor Pete Watson one day discovers that his dad has been trapped inside a video game! Because of his unusual skill at the game, Pete decides to go in and save him. What ends up happening is a hysterical series of unbelievable events that will leave the reader frustrated or totally satisfied.
Rush By Eve Silver
Rush is a more serious story about suddenly waking inside a video game after being beaten up in the street. Miki Jones wakes up in a lobby with other ‘gamers’ and is forced to fight for her life to survive.
Epic By Conor Kostick
Imagine a world where all of our conflicts could be settled through video games rather than warfare. Epic tells the story of a society that does just that. All conflicts are settled by playing the government’s computer game, if you lose, you lose everything. But if you win, you are guaranteed a rich and satisfying life.
Featured image “Ready Player One” by Florian de Gesincourt