Hi! There is one book that everyone interested in video games should read, it is The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World by Steven L. Kent .
At 591 pages, this is one long book. Indeed, it is the longest book written that deals with the subject of video games. But, its length is testament to its importance and accuracy.
It is amazing to me that anyone could know this much about the history of video games. But, Kent is a reporter who has covered the video game scene for many years. And, more importantly, he has access to the insiders.
Practically every page of Kent's book is authenticated with multiple quotes provided by insiders and industry leaders. Thus, you can gain a first hand understanding of the reasons behind the rumors, the reasons behind the decisions, and the reasons behind the events that shaped the video game industry.
This may become the first history book that you will actually enjoy reading.