New Book Deal Confirmed!

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I can't go into too much detail, but I can finally announce that Matt and I have secured a deal for a new co-authored book. The topic? The best, greatest and most influential games of all time. Not too exciting you say? Well, that's the challenge that Matt and I have--to really push our writing abilities to the limits to make this something that you'll be very, very excited about. And obviously being who we are, you know we won't leave ANY platform untouched in telling what will hopefully be a definitive and compelling tale. One nice thing I can reveal is that this will be a full color book (!) throughout and the publisher, Focal Press, which is part of Elsevier, is targeting only a $35 list price, which is pretty nice for what is estimated to be 350 pages. They also want us to create a special section on Armchair Arcade for bonus content related to the book, which we've agreed to. So, while I was unable to secure a new publisher for the years-in-the-making book excerpted at Gamasutra (which we'll revisit selling at some point in the near future), this is a nice "consolation" prize. In fact, after months of negotiation, Focal ultimately wasn't interested in that book for its economic viability, but was impressed enough to ask us to write to this topic, which was actually their idea originally. We have until roughly September to wrap it up and we're starting with ZERO content, so wish us luck!

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Rob Daviau
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Congrats guys, well

Congrats guys, well deserved!

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I wish you both luck
Bill Loguidice wrote:

We have until roughly September to wrap it up and we're starting with ZERO content, so wish us luck!

I wish you both luck - for keeping up your high standards in such a short production time!

take care,
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You know that we won't rest

You know that we won't rest until we have, indeed, written the best book ever written on the best games ever made. :) Wow, that's a nice catchphrase--should pass that along to marketing!

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Mark Vergeer
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Good luck!

Good luck on the book !



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davyK
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Congrats on the

Congrats on the deal.

Prepare yourselves for everyone disagreeing with you though!!

Bill Loguidice
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The Bestest Book
davyK wrote:

Congrats on the deal.

Prepare yourselves for everyone disagreeing with you though!!

Of course. I think Matt was hesitant about it for that (among other reasons), but it really wouldn't bother me. In fact, I would welcome the controversy. In the end though, it's just two people's opinions and it's up to us to defend the "why". In reality, anyway, the title is a bit misleading, as it's not really meant to be the "most" or "all inclusive", but you'll see when the end product is released.



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Matt Barton
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Yeah, I tried to stay fairly

Yeah, I tried to stay fairly neutral in D&D, but I still made some people very angry about what I said about certain games. I *wish* people could read a book like this new project and respect our opinions, but you know if they get upset that we didn't include X fanboy game, they will claim the whole book is poorly written and thought out, etc. It really makes me ill.

Then again, I don't remember our liking any of the Top Ten lists and so either. Maybe we should put a disclaimer in the front of the book to the effect of, we could have picked other games, but these are the ones we wanted to write about?

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Disclaimers
Matt Barton wrote:

I *wish* people could read a book like this new project and respect our opinions, but you know if they get upset that we didn't include X fanboy game, they will claim the whole book is poorly written and thought out, etc. It really makes me ill.

Then again, I don't remember our liking any of the Top Ten lists and so either. Maybe we should put a disclaimer in the front of the book to the effect of, we could have picked other games, but these are the ones we wanted to write about?

I don't think disclaimers are a solution for *that* kind of problem.

The best critics never back down, except when their facts are erroneous.

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Mark Vergeer
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Rise an inch above the cornfield and....

Matt, if you stick your neck out by making your views known in a book then you should be expecting to get some harsh criticism. That is just the way it works. But remember those criticizing often do it from the comfort of their homes, behind their keyboards, not facing you directly nor directing the comments directly at you personally. People criticizing perhaps even don't have the writing skills to write something like you have written, but they are entitled to their opinions. They way opinions are expressed on the internet nowadays can be pretty nasty or unfounded. Because it is so easy to actually get your opinion on the internet the threshold is actually quite low and a lot of crap like "I don't like what he has written about X so the whole d*mn book is just *&^%^" is put out there amongst the more genuine remarks and balanced criticisms. I bet you that if you were standing opposite some of those people writing nasty stuff - they won't have the heart to say it to your face. What sucks is when you yourself are in error and people are bashing you about it - but I guess that is what comes with the territory as well.

I have been guilty of harsh statements on the web myself. Just look at my wining about gametap - I don't seem to appreciate the hard work the gametap folk have put into the service - but I have a right to wine and so I do, but with that comes some responsibility as well. My motto is "don't write stuff about folk that you are not prepared to say to them if you were facing them, and just don't be this anonymous synonym on the web" - the web would be a nicer place and perhaps a more honest place. But that's just me. Matt, I guess you'll just have to tough it up and just face comments written by those anonymous folk like the Thomas86's, ZeInstigator2008's and what have you not.



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Bill Loguidice
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Agreed

Good points, Mark. That is perhaps my only real beef with the Web--all the supposed anonymity and pseudonyms empowering people to spew all sorts of vile stuff without any fear of repercussions. I think anyone can speak their mind and have any opinion, but if you're going to say something particularly vile or heated, you shouldn't have the luxury of being anonymous. That's cowardice. I know many videogame forums have insipid, juvenile and downright hateful conversations, but you should read some of the bodybuilding forums. It makes my stomach turn that I have to read so much garbage just to get to something reasonably interesting or intelligent, and a big factor is the pseudonym.

It's one reason why from day one, I've always wanted AA to be about real names. Pretty much as soon as I was on the Web in 1994 (at least newsgroups/usenet at first), I have used my real name. I used it much earlier on BBS' as well, but I think I still used the occasional pseudonym then as sometimes that was all that fit! With only one or two exceptions, I've been proud of the tens of thousands of posts I've made since 1994, and that's with always using my real name. I have nothing to be embarrassed about. By using my real name and my real reputation, it's self policing. I'm always "me", so I have to conduct myself at all times in a way that's befitting any situation, be it future employment, family, whatever. I think others would do well to follow that model and stop being asses or playing up some false persona (and I know some of those personas are in fact the real person's, which is even more scary).



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