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Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: gamers, those in a relationship with gamers, fans of dark urban fantasy
Trigger Warnings: infidelity, violence, attempted murder
My Thoughts: Honestly, I don't know what to say about this book, and I'm not real sure what I thought of it. Admittedly, being decidedly non-gamerish, I am not the target audience for this one, but I am often a “game-widow”, so it did resonate with me to a certain degree.
The book is very ...more
I really wanted to enjoy this one. The concept was really interesting. I mean, a video game character coming to life and wreaking havoc on its creators? Come on, that just sounds like it can be so awesome. And I loved getting an inside look on video game development. My problem? This was more about developing a video game and interoffice relations than it was about the actual problem.
We know from the blurb what's ...more
I am an avid video gamer. I been playing them as soon as I was able to grasp a controller in my wee little hands as a toddler. I thought the summary was extremely interesting, a video game that comes to life. That's a cool idea, I thought.
Well, it turns out that I was extremely disappointed. I so wanted to like this book but the beginning part was so boring. It was too focused on the main character's office life and drama, which is the last thing I ...more
This was my first by Richard Dansky. Although the story is about every game developer's nightmare - the shutdown of his/her project - the story deals more with the central character and his ineptitude where his personal life is concerned. Seriously, this guy's life goes from bad to worse in the blink of an eye. I found myself groaning on ...more
For quite some time, Ryan Colter — the Creative Director at a small videogame development company — was overseeing her creation. He was the one who thought her up, and then stood up on high and watched every piece of her come together over. He tested her, tweaked her, broke her and put her back together again — day after day, demo after demo, paying more attention to her than he did to his long-suffering, corporate-climbing fiancee and ...more
Wikipedia defines Vaporware as a term in the computer industry that describes a product, typically computer hardware or software, that is announced to the general public but is never actually released nor officially cancelled. In this instance that would be Blue Lightning, a First Person Shooter, that is being developed by a small game developer on spec for a big video game publisher.
Things are looking great until, for no reason, the publisher pulls the plug and funding. Fortunately ...more
We've all got an idea how films are made, what theatrical rehearsals look like and have probably sat through a few pretentious lectures on the artistic process of the literary novelist. Though it sells itself as ...more
I enjoyed Vaporware. I liked reading about Ryan's work ...more
Vaporware by Richard Dansky brings you into the development side of gaming. When what appears to be the best game they have ever made is suddenly shelved by the company many are disappointed. But no one more so than the lead designer, Ryan. Well, that's what Ryan thought. This was his baby, he put his heart and soul into the game and to have it shelved is awful. Ryan throws himself into the next project to try to ...more
There were a fair few of typographical errors in my preview copy, but hopefully, they'll run it past an editor once more before releasing ...more
I would have given it five stars, but I will admit I thought there would be more of the supernatural/horrific bad guy moments than there were. One strength I found in this novel was that by the end of the book I had a lot to question about who the hero actually was, and who the antagonist really was. I won't say more than that, but I think the answers will ...more
I liked this book. The concept of a game character becoming real and getting out of monitors to the real world was interesting. I was looking for more of a thriller. But it wasn't a thriller. It's somewhat a memoir. An allegory about game development and losing yourself in work.
It wasn't what I was expecting, but it was fine. If you're working on software projects or any other job where your life is defined by what you ...more
As a professional game developer I was quite excited to read this book.
Richard Dansky does a great job of capturing the essence of life as a game developer. I thought the characters were believable, even if they bordered on cliché a few times. The book is a bit slow at the beginning, but it builds to a satisfying finish. The how of Blue Lightning coming alive was not explained and I think the book was better for it.
The book is not ...more
And everybody knows how addictive video games can be…
Review by Don Doell
Vaporware addresses issues of work, obsession and interpersonal relationships. With Dansky`s background in game design, I suspect an attempt to write about his inner concerns stemming from that particular head space.
The story details how a game takes on a life of its own as the various people deal with their own particular part of its overall development. Dansky appears to be dealing with a subject that he understands from the inside out, not just as ...more
The story starts out with a good look at a video game director who is very heavily invested in his work. Like all workaholics, his life outside the office deteriorates and frustration over the lack of control spirals in. For the first entire half of the book, we see the effects of overbearing stress and repetitive stupid, stupid decisions on Ryan, our intrepid hero. His ingenious work, destined to revolutionize ...more
This is excellent. It's a horror/dark fantasy novel set at a computer game company much like the one the author works at, and it's very much a novel about people's work, which is something of a rarity in genre fiction. The supernatural element is just an intensified version of what the ...more
If you've glimpsed my rating, you already know that this book did not live up to my expectations. The plot is an intriguing premise in which videogame developers are building a game, shunned by the money people, as a 'black project." And if you look at the cover...more
"Michelle," I said, hating myself for saying it, "I don' know what to do."
“Good,” she replied, turning away. “Maybe that’ll encourage you to think things through. You know, take some responsibility for what you’re doing instead of just blundering from crisis to crisis.""
This story is set in a company that develops computer games, just as it faces a huge disappointment when development of a ...more
The parts I really enjoyed were the ones set in the gaming company, looking at how the games are worked on, the effect that a game shutting down can have, these parts really felt fleshed out and engaging.
The parts involving Blue Lightening were fascinating and creepy as well though they took a long, long time to evolve and become ...more
I was really excited about the concept of the novel; Video game coming to life and wreaking havoc upon those who created her.
Being a story based on a video game, I expected a thriller of non-stop action with the protagonists involved in a race against time to beat the game before it beat them. What I read seemed more of a soap opera.
The problem with this novel was ...more
As the computer game that Ryan Coulter and his colleagues are working on is dumped they come to terms with the game that could have been a hit is no more. Life moves on and as they pack up the parts of the game and the code they release that maybe this one was more than a bit special. It was a part of them.......and still is as the game tries to stop them closing ...more
In general, with ...more
The description of this book had me excited to read it. However very little focused on a game refusing to be canceled. Most of the book was about the relationships amongst a group and game designers and the main characters wife. The character development was okay, but as I continued reading the book all I was wondering was when is this run away game going to make it's presence known? The book as a whole was alright but I felt there could have ...more