There is no single "top x number games" list that everybody will agree with, especially when authored by someone that'll make most people go "Who is tThere is no single "top x number games" list that everybody will agree with, especially when authored by someone that'll make most people go "Who is this person and why do we care about his opinions?", on top of the fact that such lists are dime-a-dozen online, and even cheaper, seeing as how you can read any number of them written up by every gamer out there for free, often with screencaps or even in video form.
Still, since I read the ebook for free (it was available on my local library's website), I'm not going to complain about turning one such list into book form and charging for it (if it wasn't a free ebook to begin with.) Also, I enjoy reading such lists anyway and seeing what sort of games other people deem quality, whether I agree or not.
As it says in the title, the book covers 100 different games, mostly all from different series, though a few series have two-to-three individual titles listed if Mr. Bowden deemed them worthy enough. Each entry covers maybe a tiny bit of history surrounding the game, followed by a general blurb as to the gameplay, and ending why it deserves its place on his 100 list.
There isn't anything too obscure; the list isn't "100 of the niche-est games to play before you die". Most are entries of stuff even most non-gamers would have heard of: something Mario, something Zelda, Halo, The Sims, etc. There are a number of darlings of the gaming community, too, that are probably less likely to be known to non-gamers: Beyond Good and Evil, Braid, Ico, SotC, Portal...then again, I think lots of people have heard of Portal at least. Alas, Okami is not one of these...there, there, Ammy. I still think you're glorious. But it is at least acknowledged in another Clover Studios entry. And overall, there's a decent variety of genres covered: action, adventure, shooters, shooting, racing, fighting, simulations, strategy, rpgs, rhythm, and games that are solely single-player, or better as a multiplayer.
I was also pleased to see that Katamari Damacy and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney were among the pick. While fairly well known due to their oddities, even by some non-gamers, they still fall more into "niche gaming" than not.
All in all, however, I think that any gamer would either a) have played a majority of these already, or b) know their gaming preferences well enough that, even if they haven't played all, or even most of the games listed, have at least heard of most of them and already know whether they fall into a genre they enjoy or dislike. It doesn't matter how much someone tells me I'm missing out on something: I already know that, for example, first and third person shooters and platformers tend to bring me very little gaming enjoyment, so I don't spend much time and money on them.
The list is therefore probably better suited for someone who isn't really a gamer yet but wants to expand their horizons by trying out as many different kinds as possible to see what they like...if they don't already have a gamer friend to help them out with that....more