Announcing my next book... PRESS RESET: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry

I am incredibly excited to announce that my next book, PRESS RESET: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry, will be out on May 11, 2021 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Err... for paper. And Kindles. And whatever you use to read books.

You can pre-order it right here:

This is a book about what happens when video game studios shut down. More specifically, it's a book about what happens *to human beings* when video game studios shut down. We'll zoom out and tell the stories behind companies including Irrational Games (BioShock), Visceral Games (Dead Space), and 38 Studios (Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning) by tracking some of the people who were actually affected by these closures. What did they go through? How did they move forward? What's it like to work in an industry that can feel so damn volatile?

The book tells a lot of people's stories. Some of them burnt out and quit the video game industry. Others moved across the country for new jobs or used the opportunity to follow their dreams of independence, making games like The Flame in the Flood, The Blackout Club, and Enter The Gungeon. The book also explores some solutions to the video game industry's volatility problem and tries to figure out how some of these issues can be fixed.

One of the best parts about writing a book is having a built-in excuse to go around asking smart people questions, and I spent three years doing that for PRESS RESET. All of the stories in this book are based on firsthand interviews with people involved (and a big thank you to them for taking the time). If you liked Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, I think you'll like PRESS RESET. If you didn't like Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, idk, I think you'll still like PRESS RESET. The stories in here are wild, shocking, heartbreaking, lovely, and sometimes even hopeful.

Sound cool? If you think you'll want to read the book, please do pre-order it. Pre-orders can make a huge difference when it comes to getting visibility and promotion. They help us get attention from booksellers, help boost our internet algorithms, and help us get on cool lists. Plus I'll be your best friend.



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Much more to come when we get closer to May 11!