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Jamie Russell is an author, screenwriter and journalist. His work has appeared in the Sunday Times, the Guardian, Wired, Total Film, EDGE, and many others. He's happiest writing about zombies, first-person shooters and William S. Burroughs. One day he plans to combine all three obsessions in the same feature article.
His books include Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood ("fascinatingly detailed and revealing," reckoned the Guardian) and the bestselling Book of the Dead: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema ("the definitive history of the living dead," according to director John Landis).
Jamie has a Ph.D. in English Literature but he only calls himself Dr when talking to bank managers. He lives in Shropshire, England with his wife and two daughters - who are fed up with "those silly zombies" and want him to write a book about princesses instead.
Those of us who have read Russell's "Book of the Dead: A Complete History of Zombie Cinema" can expect the same intelligent and sharp critique in his new book "Generation XBox" which explores the relationship between cinema and the videogames industry. His astute, detailed analysis is packed into an absorbing, concise, fast-moving narrative that brings together Spielberg, Kubrick, Atari, Nintendo, Silicon Valley, Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, The Matrix and Avatar. I am impressed by how Russell interviewed more than 100 games developers, film-makers, actors and executives in his research. He suggests that the nature of storytelling in film has been forever altered by the invasion of the computer games and graphics in Hollywood. Cutting-edge and insightful. If you are serious about videogames, cinema or computer graphics, this book is a real treat!
The accounts and interviews bring to life the unique personalities and challenges that have cemented the video game industry as a major force of change in the film industry, even re-defining the future of story driven entertainment. What you read here is an account of what is a contemporary art movement, a period of time and actions that have changed the way storytelling and visual arts have developed and evolved within a matter of a few decades. In hindsight, future generations now have an amazing account of first hand interviews of the rise of a new genre of entertainment and arts as defining as the culture it quenches.
Generation Xbox: How Video Games Invaded Hollywood, it left me dumbstruck with the persuading arguments and interviews with countless game developers and movie directors. As a high school senior thinking of studying game development in the near future, this was the key to my curiosity. Jamie Russel narrates the challenging path that video games undertook to be where they are today; a vast and rapid-growing $2 billion dollar industry.
Starting from the very first game cartridge, to the first laser disc game, to Steven Spielberg's movie "Avatar" depending on games. This book takes you through time to prove how much better the entertainment industry is, rather than the diminishing movie industry. When it comes to the end of the first decade in the 21st century, Russell is quick to point this out. Iron Man made $100 million in its opening weekend! But alas, poor yorick, GTA (Grand Theft Auto) IV made three times as much in the first day sales! Video games overtook movies, it's as if they came from behind.
All in all, as a serious game player, always anxious to get my hands on my controller I recommend this book to just about anybody. It contains a vast amount of information and interviews. If you are, or plan on being part of the film or gaming industry, this is the book you've been waiting for. Jump in.
Generation Xbox is an excellent way to get to know what has happened from 40 years ago till now between game developers and hollywood. Jamie Russell storytelling ability keeps you not wanting to stop reading. Fantastic book!