Another of Universe's “1001 blanks you must blank before you die” titles, 1001 Video Games to Play Before You Die is an interesting, if debatable, exploration of the last 40 years or so of video gaming, from roughly 1970 to early 2010. Sure to spark conversation among people knowledgeable about video games, the work is less useful as an introduction to the topic. While many of the titles chosen by the compilers are great games and evocative of the trends and evolutions of the technology, some are obscure to say the least, a few being only published in Japan, which can make getting a hold of them a bit difficult. This is particularly true with the earlier titles. Still, 1001 Video Games can provide the reader with some nostalgic discussions and recollections of favorite games and recommendations for others that they might have missed.