Review of 101 Video Games to Play Before You Grow Up by Ben Bertoli

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Ahhhh...Nostalgia. Plus pretty colours. And I'm going to say that I'm not grown up yet, because I requested 101 Video Games to Play Before You Grow Up from Netgalley for me rather than Tesfa, although when Tesfa looked over my shoulder last night and saw me reading it, she demanded that she get to read it too to make sure Zelda was in there (the book intrigued its actual target audience rather than me -- success!) Plus Katamari was in there (first thing I checked). No Nethack though. And as shiny and pretty and colourful as this book is, it can't change the fact that it's basically a list of one hundred and one games of male protagonists (obviously there are a few females tossed in, like Samus, but that's hardly enough). It's not Bertoli's fault that video games skew male, but it does put a damper on my reading off all the little video game facts/synopses, especially with Tesfa super-eager to see what video games she might want to play next. So then I ended up sad, instead of cheerfully inspired. Boo patriarchy.

101 Video Games to Play Before You Grow Up by Ben Bertoli went on sale October 1, 2017.

I received a copy free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.