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Blood, Sweat, and Pixels

The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made
Narrated by: Ray Chase
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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 listeners 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-size 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, best-selling recent games, Schreier immerses listeners 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 multimillion-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.

©2017 Jason Schreier (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Surprisingly good

Great listen. Such an in-site into the world of gaming development. I've played most of the games talked about in this book and it was great to hear all the in depth trauma and elation that goes into making them.

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Amazing insight into the world of game dev

Started to choke up a little bit right near the end there. Heart touching and inspiring

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Fascinating Throughout

Was hoping there'd be more small scale stories but a worthwhile listen regardless. Narration was appropriate and competent.

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Insightful

An insightful, clear and well-paced book. It puts a human face on game development. Having enjoyed Schreier's work on Kotaku, I had a feeling it would be solid, but it was better than expected The attention to detail was particularly pleasing.

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  • XopsX
  • 01-08-2018

an accurate picture of how games are made

No game is simple to make. these 10 stories showcase some of the ups and downs of videogame development and how familiar they all start to sound. I have a feeling this book will mostly appeal to game developers like myself who have a ton of similar experiences to reference. For anyone outside the industry it may be harder to get into or comprehend why we do it. I think this book does an accurate job at capturing that.

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  • O Clegg
  • 26-07-2018

Great insight into the behind the scenes of gaming

Loved it! As a gamer you never really understand the politics and drama going on in the background within a gaming studio. Good listen would definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-2019

An insight into the excruciating game dev biz

This book was a fantastic insight into the world of game development. It really takes blood, sweat and pixels to make a video game and this game describes exactly why.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-2019

Essential Listening

Narration is superb, the content is superb, perfect for the aspiring game dev in you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-12-2018

easily the best book on video game development

this book is incredible and the spot warning you about video game development crunch, makes you want to jump head first into a career in it.

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  • Pixel Joel
  • 26-12-2018

Fascinating, eye-opening, stories about gamedev

8 hours went past quickly with this e-book's stories and smooth voice of the narrator. Do recommend to any interested in game developing in any level.

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  • Ali
  • 04-12-2018

Fantastic book!

If you have ever been in the games industry or the software development world in general you will be able to relate to the stories in this book. It helps the reader appreciate just how much work goes in to developing video games and how much of a sacrifice it can be for the developers.

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  • Rich
  • 01-12-2018

Totally fascinating and didn’t want it to end

Absolutely loved this audiobook. It offered a real interesting insight into what happens behind the scenes at some household name game developers and the issues they faced to get to their games to the shelves. Also some great underdog success stories. Any video game fan would enjoy this. Bring on Blood, sweat and Pixels 2!

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  • N A
  • 16-11-2018

modern game development

a big focus on role-playing games, showing how games can end up in development hell. mainly outside forces which influence games such as the lucas arts example. first choice Lucas messing with the plot and character and then Lucas art being bought by Disney. but usually it is just a lack of actual focus on what the game will be. it seems like developers say ok let's make a game like unity but in the Star wars world. there isn't a clear idea of how the game will end up so when they realise they need to make changes a lot of the previous work gets thrown out. also having the right tools to develop their games seems very important such as the example of bungie. maybe would have like to see a little bit more of the personalities show through of the people developing the games. the most gripping examples were those with specific people who were described like the guy who did Star dew valley. that was the most gripping story of all.

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  • MR N H O'BRIEN
  • 12-11-2018

Any gamer would find this fascinating

Great book, excellently read.

I really enjoyed how each chapter followed a particular game, including top AAA games that most gamers will have played through.