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A deep dive into the origins of the epic, best-selling video game, featuring previously unreleased content in the game creator's own words.

The creator of one of the most innovative and best-selling video games of all time gives an unvarnished look into the process in this one-of-a-kind compilation. Before Prince of Persia was a best-selling video game franchise and a Disney movie, it was an Apple II computer game created and programmed by one person: Jordan Mechner.

Mechner's candid and revealing journals from the time capture the journey from his parents’ basement to the forefront of the fast-growing 1980s video game industry, and the creative, technical, and personal struggles that brought the prince into being and ultimately into the homes of millions of people worldwide.

Now, on the 30th anniversary of Prince of Persia’s release, Mechner looks back at the journals he kept from 1985 to 1993, offering new insights into the game that established him as a pioneer of cinematic storytelling in the industry.

This collector’s edition includes:

  • Narration from Jordan’s original journals
  • The stages of the game’s creation

The Making of Prince of Persia is both a tribute to a timeless classic and an indelible look at the creative process that will resonate with retro-gaming fans, game developers, and writers, artists, and creators of all stripes.

©2011, 2020 Jordan Mechner (P)2020 Jordan Mechner

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  • Nawal Al Muhairi
  • 23-05-2022

Reliving the journey

I’ve listened to this audio while driving. I immediately dived into his thinking process because the voiceover sounds imaginative. I almost relived the journal entries. If you like auto-biography style of writing, you will love this too. Understanding the physiological aspect of game development is a stress relief for those who are trying it out there.

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  • Michael Merriman
  • 16-01-2021

Great insight into a piece of vide games history

Fascinating insight into the process of making on of the greatest games of all time and the life of its creator. Great narration from Yuri Lowenthal. Really hope Mr. Mechner publishes the rest of his journals, I bet they're fascinating.

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