Unplugged Volume 2 is an organised collection of articles from gaming business site GamesBrief, and acts as a brilliant insight into how money and brand power drives some of the biggest games today. Topics include fallen-and-risen-again MMO All Points Bulletin and its failures, how promoting your game as free-to-play is an ideal way forward and the future of the games console. Reading up on the business of games is enormously interesting and the ideas explained forthwith aren't as tied into their examples as you might expect. The author's writing style is easy-going despite being layered with a large number of jargon terms (and there's a glossary at the back).
Generally, people won't understand how relevant the business of games is, and it can be interesting to invest time in learning about it if considering work in the industry. It can help you understand the motives behind some decisions that happen on both large and smaller scales, and reading Unplugged Volume 2's in-depth, multi-article analysis of some topics is a great place to start.
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