The Dream Architects: Adventures in the Video Game Industry

Grand Central. Sept. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9781538702611. $27. MEMOIR
This detailed and witty autobiography chronicles the experiences of Polfeldt, who is the current managing director of Massive Entertainment, a video game studio that has produced some of the world’s most influential video games, including Tom Clancy's The Division. The author is working with movie director James Cameron on a series of video games that will be released together with the upcoming sequels to Avatar. Polfeldt grew up and currently lives in Sweden. He relates how, as a child, he had an interest in art, particularly painting, and describes himself as one of the "geeks who liked to draw in class." Although he eventually obtained a master's degree in the subject, he realized he didn’t want to spend his life selling his own art. In his telling, he soon discovered that his talent for drawing could be used in the creation of computer games, and with the help of his people skills and unusual business savvy, he rose to his current position.
VERDICT Because of the current relative lack of stories by video gamers, this book will not only appeal to gaming enthusiasts, but will make an excellent addition to an academic library's business section. Recommended as well for large public libraries.

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