Yahtzee Wrote a Book

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Venatio:

OANST:
Holy crap. That was laughably bad.

Screw you, its a satire of mmo's which goes about it by making the story that one of the npc's, Jim, has become self aware as have many others. Anyone who has played an mmo will understad the humor involved. if its not your cup of tea then get the hell out of the tea party.

I liked it, and I already ordered it a month back. Hope it comes soon.

Oh, no. See I'm not saying that I don't understand it. I'm saying that it's bad. As in poorly written. Glad that I could clear this up.

I would agree that the first page or two are pretty terrible, but once the characters got talking I really liked it.

at first I was sure I wasn't gonna get this.

now I'm on the fence.

but first I have an unopened Dune Trilogy that I just haven't started. and the windows 7 bible.

Do want. Very much. Though I don't really want to preorder it from amazon.com or amazon.co.uk. Will it be available in bookstores(Barnes and Noble, Borders, etc.) when it's released, or will I have to buy it online?

I'm not going to buy it, though I must confess to being curious how you're expecting to keep the "LOL IT'S AN MMORPG GET IT OLOLOL IT'S SO UNREALISTIC" thing up for an entire book if it gets boring after just these few pages...

Aww, thanks for the preview. I really like it, it's very genre-savvy and it has that British absurdist humor thing. What are the chances I can find it at my local bookstore in Eastern Europe? ._. Next to none?

It wasn't that bad... Well actually i liked it. I don't think many people who haven't had any experiences with MMOs would get it, or find it particularly interesting. But yeah, if you ever tried to find your own place in an MMO, you'd get something like this. I hope to get it when it comes out.

There are three things that makes me want to buy this:

1. The premise of this book is interesting.
2. I love Terry Pratchett, so something like Terry Pratchett is a good thing for me to start with.
3. I will buy this just because it's Yahtzee who wrote it. I'm a little fanboy^^

It's not really bad, as far as I know. Sure, might not be Shakespeare, Tolkien or ......well, Pratchett, but that doesn't mean it will be a bad story.
It will definitely not be amazing or all new (I drew a little comparison between Jim and Windle Poons from Pratchett's "Reaper Man" pretty early on), but it will certainly be a good time reading it.
I do have some suspicions, but it would be wrong to just claim on the spot that it will be a bad book since this is just a tiny excerpt from the whole novel (it would be as bad as judging a book by it's cover).
Don't get too high hopes about this since this is written by Yahtzee, who is best in his reviews, but at least have SOME hopes about it.

To sum it up: Will buy, but no high expectations.

It's like Pratchett, but with worse writing, maybe not as funny and I'm pretty sure there won't be as much character development. Having said that, it was a very good effort, and a fun read, though I probably won't buy it.

I'm not reading this, since I already pre-ordered the book and don't want to spoil it...

Although just an observation from looking at the book cover, didn't Looking For Group have a warlock with a rabbit for a companion?

afaceforradio:

UnableToThinkOfName:
I....might buy this. I know I got ninja'd on this, but it sounds a bit like Terry Pratchett fan fiction, except it's fan fiction of his style more than the characters.

It's not bad though.

That's what I thought; not that Terry Pratchett is a bad thing (one of my faves in fact) but did you ever read Fog Juice (his NaNoWriMo entry some time ago)? That was quite Pratchettesque as well.

EDIT: *does Ninja'd dance*

I loved Fog Juice, I'd definitely buy that one, this one I'm not too sure about yet...Maybe I'll read a bit of it in Border's and decide then

SICK0_ZER0:
"This summer, Yahtzee's first novel, Mogworld, hits bookstores everywhere, and we're willing to bet fans of Zero Punctuation will be dying to get their hands on it." Posted by 'Yahtzee Croshaw'. Why the hell are you talking about yourself in a third person narrative?

And yes, he I will be buying your book.

It could be because Yahtzee is his online persona who supposedly does all the internet stuff and Ben Croshaw is the person who wrote the article. That, or he's possessed.

dfcrackhead:

afaceforradio:

UnableToThinkOfName:
I....might buy this. I know I got ninja'd on this, but it sounds a bit like Terry Pratchett fan fiction, except it's fan fiction of his style more than the characters.

It's not bad though.

That's what I thought; not that Terry Pratchett is a bad thing (one of my faves in fact) but did you ever read Fog Juice (his NaNoWriMo entry some time ago)? That was quite Pratchettesque as well.

EDIT: *does Ninja'd dance*

I loved Fog Juice, I'd definitely buy that one, this one I'm not too sure about yet...Maybe I'll read a bit of it in Border's and decide then

I just finished it this evening :D I really enjoyed the ending, it got better as it went on - and I agree, I think with some editing, that one could've been completely publishable, but although I will buy Mogworld to see what it's like - I dunno... doesn't have the same charm to me.

afaceforradio:

dfcrackhead:

afaceforradio:

UnableToThinkOfName:
I....might buy this. I know I got ninja'd on this, but it sounds a bit like Terry Pratchett fan fiction, except it's fan fiction of his style more than the characters.

It's not bad though.

That's what I thought; not that Terry Pratchett is a bad thing (one of my faves in fact) but did you ever read Fog Juice (his NaNoWriMo entry some time ago)? That was quite Pratchettesque as well.

EDIT: *does Ninja'd dance*

I loved Fog Juice, I'd definitely buy that one, this one I'm not too sure about yet...Maybe I'll read a bit of it in Border's and decide then

I just finished it this evening :D I really enjoyed the ending, it got better as it went on - and I agree, I think with some editing, that one could've been completely publishable, but although I will buy Mogworld to see what it's like - I dunno... doesn't have the same charm to me.

Did you read the Articulate Jim? I forced myself to finish it, but I did learn Yahtzee reused names like the world only had 6 names total so I'm understandably skeptical about this.

ShadowKatt:
I'm a bit amazed by Yahtzee. He does his game reviews, writes at least one commentary each week, plays games for review purposes which comes down to cramming as much gaming into x amount of hours as possible, where x is the number of hours he's not writing or recording said reviews and commentarys or taking care of The Mana Bar(You didn't all forget about that, did you?) and yet somewhere along the way he's found time to write a book as well? Granted I'm not much of a reader but I have to wonder, if I may borrow from Yahtzees own repitoire of snappy offhanded comments, if he's not spreading the Branston Pickle a little thin over his own bread.

Don't forget he's programming too!

Anyway, it looks like i'll pick this up eventually.

OANST:

Venatio:

OANST:
Holy crap. That was laughably bad.

Screw you, its a satire of mmo's which goes about it by making the story that one of the npc's, Jim, has become self aware as have many others. Anyone who has played an mmo will understad the humor involved. if its not your cup of tea then get the hell out of the tea party.

I liked it, and I already ordered it a month back. Hope it comes soon.

Oh, no. See I'm not saying that I don't understand it. I'm saying that it's bad. As in poorly written. Glad that I could clear this up.

Well I think your wrong, glad I cleared that up. Really - what were you expecting from Yahtzee? Stephen King? Its a cheap book that is good in its own context.

I'd like to see you do better.

Venatio:

OANST:

Venatio:

OANST:
Holy crap. That was laughably bad.

Screw you, its a satire of mmo's which goes about it by making the story that one of the npc's, Jim, has become self aware as have many others. Anyone who has played an mmo will understad the humor involved. if its not your cup of tea then get the hell out of the tea party.

I liked it, and I already ordered it a month back. Hope it comes soon.

Oh, no. See I'm not saying that I don't understand it. I'm saying that it's bad. As in poorly written. Glad that I could clear this up.

Well I think your wrong, glad I cleared that up. Really - what were you expecting from Yahtzee? Stephen King? Its a cheap book that is good in its own context.

I'd like to see you do better.

Jesus man calm the fuck down. This is the internet, he insulted someone's skill who doesn't even know who you are. Let it go, your buying the book why the fuck do you care what one person thinks?

OANST:

Venatio:

OANST:
Holy crap. That was laughably bad.

Screw you, its a satire of mmo's which goes about it by making the story that one of the npc's, Jim, has become self aware as have many others. Anyone who has played an mmo will understad the humor involved. if its not your cup of tea then get the hell out of the tea party.

I liked it, and I already ordered it a month back. Hope it comes soon.

Oh, no. See I'm not saying that I don't understand it. I'm saying that it's bad. As in poorly written. Glad that I could clear this up.

All I'm seeing are baseless insults. His writing style and technique is quite competent, and time will tell if his plot, pacing, and narrative are above par.

I can say with some authority that you are either a snob-head-want-to-be-know-it-all who thinks himself hip and intelligent for insulting (without even giving any examples) a rather up and coming author, or a simple troll, which is what i first took you for.

Either way, buck up or buzz off.

PayJ567:

Jesus man calm the fuck down...(snip)

Calm down? Big words, considering the language you're using...

A well-written story that lampoons adventure-game and MMO gameplay and story conventions, and by connection the people who play them? The Rogue Wolf is I am totally down with that. He likes I like clever stories, and the ponce doesn't I don't mind being gently ribbed about his stupid my hobbies. So you can count on Captain Substandard me to pick this up, as soon as the jerkface I can get his fat ass my fat ass to a bookstore.

HOLY CRAP i need this book so much! theres probably 8 bucks worth of loose change around here so i can pre order it.

(also, this mmo is totally awesome. persistent blood splatter effects? awesome.)

Why is everyone being so negative? I've quite enjoyed what I've read so far. It's not Tolkien but it's not bad, either.

Deofuta:
My only request is that Yahtzee, Please make an audiobook version.

It would rock.

I think ears would start bleeding after the 10 minute mark. Not that that's a bad thing.

Terry Pratchett, I see. Well, I love the Discworld series and I took a liking to Nation, despite it's more serious tone, so I am getting this.

eezaak:
People still read books in this day and age??!!

Yes, you see, there is a thing called "intellectuality". Some people have it.

Venatio:

OANST:

Venatio:

OANST:
Holy crap. That was laughably bad.

Screw you, its a satire of mmo's which goes about it by making the story that one of the npc's, Jim, has become self aware as have many others. Anyone who has played an mmo will understad the humor involved. if its not your cup of tea then get the hell out of the tea party.

I liked it, and I already ordered it a month back. Hope it comes soon.

Oh, no. See I'm not saying that I don't understand it. I'm saying that it's bad. As in poorly written. Glad that I could clear this up.

Well I think your wrong, glad I cleared that up. Really - what were you expecting from Yahtzee? Stephen King? Its a cheap book that is good in its own context.

I'd like to see you do better.

No offense, but if they think that Yahtzee's writing (so far) is laughably bad and poorly written, then they think it's laughably bad and poorly written; no matter how much you want to argue, it's merely wasting time. Granted, there was little to no explanation for that conclusion, but it's a little thing called their opinion -- you know, meaning that it can't exactly be 'wrong', as you said? If you disagree, then...tough. Sorry you feel that way. At the moment, you're coming off as either a troll, or an intolerant fan that's teetering on the verge of Twitard levels.

Also, 'I'd like to see you do better' must be one of the most laziest and ineffective arguments ever, not just because you shouldn't have to be skilled at creating a form of media in order to criticize it, but simply because it can be answered with one simple word -- 'Likewise'.

OT: Not bad so far, not bad at all. Seeing as that was only Chapter 2, I'm taking a chance that it'll get better further on. In any case, I wish Yahtzee success.

By posting this excerpt, you have brought me from "might buy it" to "buying one for me and one for a friend." Great stuff.

rolandoftheeld:
By posting this excerpt, you have brought me from "might buy it" to "buying one for me and one for a friend." Great stuff.

Yahtzee's book; makes people registre for the Escapistmagazine forum.

Welcome to the forum.

Still going to be getting this book. Pre ordered it through the local comic book store months ago. The preview chapter didn't really give enough away for me to form a proper opinion on the book so I still just have to wait until I finish it in August. Can't wait!

I actually thought that was quite funny.

I like it and I want to buy it, but I live in Mexico and international shipments tend to cost way too much for me

not really "HAHA" funny, but i smirked alot! though, doubt ill buy it, due to a huge pile of "must read" books standing tall beside me atm :D

I expected it to be unique. I wasn't disappointed. Ordering it? Maybe.

iDayman:

His writing style and technique is quite competent.

Um, no, they're not. Not yet anyway. They could be, but what we've all seen here is desperately in need of a professional editor and several more drafts. It doesn't take snobbery to see that, it just takes pretty much any basic writing experience. The fact that you don't like that statement doesn't make it any less accurate, nor does it make insulting people who can see it any less ignorant. This would not have been published in this form if Yahtzee weren't already pseudo-famous.

I feel that this has been rushed out to be honest. We know Yahtzee has a way with words, that much is pretty hard to miss (although his vocal delivery is certainly just as big a part of that as the words he uses), but that just isn't evident from this passage.

I would buy this book anyway just because it's a serious novel about videogames. Although I admit it's kind of left me down, it's not as good as the stories posted on Yahtzee's site, even though it's supposed to be his magnus opus... it's still quite good, and I actually laughed out at it.

Not sure why they didn't post the first chapter instead, though, so people wouldn't be all like 'omg wtf is this i dun get it!' It's not as bad as the silly fanboys that can't bear to realize some people might not like their hero and saviour.

Skoldpadda:

Metal Brother:

Skoldpadda:

Metal Brother:
NOOOO!!!

No to the spoiler (sample chapter) that is.

Dude, it's chapter two.

Yeah, that was in the original article. Got it. I just don't want to read a subset of the book weeks before I can read the whole thing.

Oh well, it's a handy way of trying before buying.

I, for the record, have decided not to buy. The writing feels too awkward. But I wish the man much success. God knows there's far worse things out there making a mint.

The cost of a book isn't going to break me. I'll buy this one (pre-ordered months ago) and if it sucks I won't buy the next.

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