I just watched Indie Game: The Movie, and read Patrick's article on Phil Fish, and I was thinking that there must be some great stories and opinions about this industry, and its importance, out there. I thought to myself, "I'd love to read a great book about games." Not one about game design, or one of those licensed novels set in a game's universe, but one that's a commentary and exploration of the medium and/or culture, something important that would actually raise discussion. Honestly I was probably thinking "I wish Jeff Gerstmann would write a book about games." Imagine one of his jar videos but longer and in even more depth, on paper.
I don't know of any books about games, and yeah there's millions of articles online about them, but there's something more permanent about a book. Unfortunately, anything more than a few years old would probably be really out of context by now because of how quickly gaming changes, but people still publish books about sports, politics, and technology, and those change just as fast.
If anyone has read any great books about games I'd love to hear about them. I've searched but I just seem to find books from 1998 about "why video games will be important" or books about how to design an MMO. Hell, maybe the great video game novel has yet to be written.