#BlogTour FUCK YEAH VIDEO GAMES by DANIEL HARDCASTLE #bookreview #FuckYeahVideoGames #RandomThingsTours @DanNerdCubes @unbounders

A huge delight to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for FUCK YEAH VIDEO GAMES by DANIEL HARDCASTLE! As a keen gamer myself, especially in the past, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of this book and look forward to sharing more about it along with my thoughts!

My thanks to the author, publisher and Anne of Random Things Tours for the copy of the book and letting me be part of this epic tour!


 As Daniel Hardcastle careers towards thirty, he looks back on what has really made him happy in life: the friends, the romances… the video games. Told through encounters with the most remarkable – and the most mind-boggling – games of the last thirty-odd years, Fuck Yeah, Video Games is also a love letter to the greatest hobby in the world. 

From God of War to Tomb Raider, Pokémon to The Sims, Daniel relives each game with countless in-jokes, obscure references and his signature wit, as well as intricate, original illustrations by Rebecca Maughan. Alongside this march of merriment are chapters dedicated to the hardware behind the games: a veritable history of Sony, Nintendo, Sega and Atari consoles.

 Joyous, absurd, personal and at times sweary, Daniel’s memoir is a celebration of the sheer brilliance of video games. 


This is the most successful book in UK crowdfunding history: it funded in a mere 42 minutes, and has so far been backed by over 9,000 supporters. If these pledges were counted as sales, the book would have been a Sunday Times bestseller in the week of its launch

. Dan’s OfficialNerdCubed YouTube channel has over 2.6 million subscribers. The book features a foreword by legendary game designer Tim Schafer, and a guest chapter from fellow YouTuber Stuart Ashen (aka Ashens), who has 1.4 million subscribers.

 Dan will be undertaking an extensive UK tour.

 For fans of Terrible Old Games You’ve Never Heard Of by Stuart Ashen, Hey! Listen!: A journey through the golden era of video games by Steve McNeil, The Nostalgia Nerd’s Retro Tech by Peter Leigh, Speccy Nation by Dan Whitehead.

A U T H O R 

Daniel Hardcastle, aka DanNerdCubed, is a YouTube gamer who has accumulated more than 2.6 million subscribers over the course of his 4000 videos. He lives with his partner, Rebecca Maughan.

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As a huge fan of computer games – I still have my Atari, Commodore 64 and countless Nintendo consoles – I knew this was going to be my kind of book! And I wasn’t wrong! Although the author mainly features games from the 90’s, it’s still written in a way that I connected with and has now left me itching to go and buy a new console or two and try out some more of the games he has recommended!

This is a love letter to computer games!  The moments in our lives where we remember a certain game that coincided with a memory and how it made us feel.  The fact that you could be cool at school if you were good at playing certain games!  The different lives you could pretend to have through playing these games and how you could see a whole new side to a person by the way they reacted during their time playing a game!

 It also highlights the changes that there’s been over the years in playing games and what video games meant – it used to be for fun but now it all seems to be about how much money can be made.  Something that I struggle to get my head around at times to be fair and I just wonder if that takes away that element of escapism that games used to offer me, as nowadays they have to be taken so seriously.

Illustrated brilliantly by his wife, this book was such a blast to read.  So many funny footnotes alongside fascinating facts, I think it’s a book that will appeal to so many different people.  And not only does he focus on the great games, he mentions the stinkers too – the hits and the misses, the classics and the clunks!  How some games worked because of their simplicity and how others were just complete madness! It also looks at the main players behind the games – Sony, Sega, Atari, Nintendo along with many of the top games such as Sims, Mario, Sonic, Fortnite and Tomb Raider and the impact each of these games had at the time.

 It brought back so many fun memories for me and has made me learn a lot more about the video game industry and history too and I can’t wait to start my homework now of playing some of the games he mentions in his top list!! Fabulous fun!



Ready Player One by Ernest Cline #BookReview

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (5 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307887448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307887443

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If you grew up in the 1980’s then you are going to love this book!! And even if you didn’t there’s so much in this story to connect with and enjoy that once I’d started reading it yesterday I was unable to put it down – and I’m now eager to see the film!

It’s a simple story – eccentric billionaire creates a multi-player online VR world that many people living in a dysfunctional and screwed up world (sound familiar?!) prefer to spend their time in! You go to school in the OASIS VR world, meet people – and with war, famine, and poverty ravaging the real world then you can’t blame them! But when the creator James Halliday dies with no heirs to inherit his billions, the task he sets to claim his billions is to find clues hidden in the OASIS world. But these are no ordinary clues and test even the most brilliant minds. And as the years pass with nobody even getting close to solving any of the clues people start giving up and it’s only the die-hards who continue with the quest.

Halliday was obsessed with the 1980’s – aren’t we all?! – and the references to 80s’ music, films, computer games is rife within this book and I think that’s why I loved it so much!! Every movie line reference had me smiling, every song mentioned had me singing it in my head, and every computer game reference has just made me want to dig my Commodore 64 and Atari out of the loft and get back to playing Donkey Kong and Pac-Man!

Wade Watts is an 18 year living in a trailer park, both his parents are dead, and he’s your typical loner keeping to himself and seeking privacy in an old van he has found, and this is where he continues his love affair with the 1980’s – he knows movie scripts offline and watches old TV series in a bid to try and find a way of cracking the codes that Halliday left behind. And then one day he cracks the first clue…… and this is where his quest really begins.

Along the way he meets others online who are searching for the same clues – some are there to help him, others are happy to threaten him and his friends if he doesn’t help them. And with billions at stake this brings the worst out in people. He finds himself having to cover his tracks, change his identity and be wary of who he can trust as he delves more into the online OASIS world.

I found this so easy to read as it was just a glorious retro geek fest!! It was extremely clever, full of humour and the darker elements fitted nicely alongside especially how the world had got so bleak because of the behaviour of humans and what they did to the planet – sounds very familiar and quite a frightening prospect.

Cannot recommend this book highly enough! Fabulous!!