Control Freak: My Epic Adventure Making Video Games

S. & S. Nov. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781982149147. $28.99. MEMOIR
This is the memoir of a kid who leveled up to become a gaming industry legend. Bleszinski, or CliffyB as he is known to gamers, grew up during the Nintendo era and was drawn to computers and video games at a very young age. Appropriately, this begins with his early childhood, then reaches modern day after a succession of wins and losses, personally and professionally. Pain and disappointments caused him to drift further into gaming, where he quickly reached hero status. Raw and real, he does not shy away from any topic or censor himself as he shares his troubles with relationships and growth. From his small apartment to his Lamborghini, he shares the ups and downs of working with gaming industry leader Epic. He also provides insight into how major decisions were made in both the games he developed and his own life. Gamers will appreciate the bevy of name-dropping and insider revelations into the evolution of video games and how some popular games, including Unreal and Gears of War, were developed.
VERDICT Readers will appreciate Bleszinski’s nostalgic journey through millennial-era gaming and pop culture.
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