Destructoid's head of video operations. An avid player of tabletop and video games throughout his life, Conrad has a passion for unique design mechanics and is a nut for gaming history. Conrad organizes and produces video content for the site (including Sup, Holmes?, Office Chat and Saturday Morning Hangover) and is a regular host on Podtoid.
The mere inclusion of Rodney Dangerfield can vastly improve anything. Films, music, toasters, anything. In particular, the force of Rodney Dangerfield could elevate video games to the level in which they are accepted by the mainstream as a true art form, bringing together people of all races, creeds and tax brackets in peace and harmony.
A few times in recent months, I've found myself trailing off on episodes of Podtoid to talking about books I'm reading or recommend books to others. It's prompted some people to approach me and suggest that I do some kind of book-related podcast or other content. To satisfy the both of you, I'm proud to announce the kicking off of Dtoid Book Club!
Each month, our panel of editors will select a book that we're all going to read. We'll update you on our progress here in the Cblogs every week and, at the end of the month, we're going to record a podcast of some kind discussing the book.
You should join us! To ease our descent into the world of literature, our first book will be Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a book set largely inside a videogame (which is centered around videogames). You should feel right at home. Future books will likely not be game-centric, but we thought it would be an appropriate way to kick things off (it also helps that most of us already had copies of it).
Now, allow me to introduce our panel. Joining me in reading Ready Player One will be Chad Concelmo, Dale North (currently traveling; we hope to hear from him soon) and Jonathan Ross. Here's a little bit from them to get us started:
Chad Concelmo: I heard about Ready Player One and was worried it was going to be one of those books written by someone who knows nothing about videogames. Like, the videogame references would amount to not much more than " ... and then he went to play Pac-Man at his local bar." When I heard it was a genuinely great book with excellent videogame references -- one that any gamer would love -- I was super excited. I am really looking forward to reading this.
Jonathan Ross: A few of my friends had been recommending Ready Player One to me, so I decided to pick it up. I was promised an entertaining, relatively light-hearted adventure story with tons of references to general pop culture and, of course, video games. So far, everyone I know who read it enjoyed it -- I'm looking forward to starting it!