The race for a new game machine : creating the chips inside the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 / David Shippy, Citadel Press, 2009
Shippy was the architect for the PowerPC processor in the PS3. Here is a first hand account of the high-stakes race told by the tireless leader. hard cover, 200 pages.
Flash of genius : and other true stories of invention / John Seabrook, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2008
This book by a journalist is mostly interesting for its profile of Will Wright, the designer of the games Sims and Spore.
The ecology of games : connecting youth, games, and learning / edited by Katie Salen, MIT Press, 2008
This book is about the psychology of computer games. What makes a game addictive? How can games be useful in education? The book is a collection of 9 essays by academics, and conveys many interesting ideas, though game designers will not find any practical how-to. 250 pages.