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Blood, Sweat, and Pixels - Jason Schreier

Blood, Sweat, and Pixels

Author Jason Schreier

  • Published: 2017-09-05
  • Category: Industries & Professions



Developing video games—hero's journey or fool's errand? The creative and technical logistics that go into building today's hottest games can be more harrowing and complex than the games themselves, often seeming like an endless maze or a bottomless abyss. In Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, Jason Schreier takes readers on a fascinating odyssey behind the scenes of video game development, where the creator may be a team of 600 overworked underdogs or a solitary geek genius. Exploring the artistic challenges, technical impossibilities, marketplace demands, and Donkey Kong-sized monkey wrenches thrown into the works by corporate, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels reveals how bringing any game to completion is more than Sisyphean—it's nothing short of miraculous.

Taking some of the most popular, bestselling recent games, Schreier immerses readers in the hellfire of the development process, whether it's RPG studio Bioware's challenge to beat an impossible schedule and overcome countless technical nightmares to build Dragon Age: Inquisition; indie developer Eric Barone's single-handed efforts to grow country-life RPG Stardew Valley from one man's vision into a multi-million-dollar franchise; or Bungie spinning out from their corporate overlords at Microsoft to create Destiny, a brand new universe that they hoped would become as iconic as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings—even as it nearly ripped their studio apart.

Documenting the round-the-clock crunches, buggy-eyed burnout, and last-minute saves, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels is a journey through development hell—and ultimately a tribute to the dedicated diehards and unsung heroes who scale mountains of obstacles in their quests to create the best games imaginable.

Top Customer Reviews

  • A wonderful peak behind OZ’s Curtain

    From TheGarthVader
    Having grown up into what I’m told is Adulthood (I’m closer to 40 than 30) playing games, this was a fascinating insight for me. Jason has done a wonderful job telling the untold stories, and the stories only know in rumours online. For anyone who enjoys games, lives them as a hobby, or simple loves the behind the scenes take on industry this book will not disappoint.
  • Highly informing and entertaining

    From Nick Muise
    I went into Blood Sweat, and Pixels expecting a collection of well researched stories on the triumphs and pitfalls of game development. I’m happy to report that Jason has delivered exactly that. This is a book both those deeply entrenched in the industry as well as the casual observer will find engaging and informative. Highly recommended.