Video gamer and author Matthew Kenyon has published a book – 10 years in the making – backed by one of the godfathers of the industry.
The hardback book, entitled Every Day is Play, was made possible by raising £35,000 through a public Kickstarter campaign.
And the book’s foreword was written by Nolan Bushnell, one of the founders of Atari, the company which pioneered arcade games, video game consoles and home computers in the 1970s and 1980s.
Matthew, of Clayton West, a committed gamer and graphic designer, compiled the book through the eyes of some of the greatest games designers, graphic artists, programmers and digital creatives from across the globe.
The book was self-published but only after the cash was pledged by an online fundraising drive.
Matthew, who studied at Huddersfield University, said: “Every Day is Play captures a whole generation of inspiration from gaming. It creates a true snapshot of video game culture.
“Gaming has inspired my work and personal life but, importantly, it’s done the same for many others too.”
Matthew tapped into the experience of games designers and developers such as Shaun Inman, Adam Saltsman and Greg Wohlwend.
He added: “It has been a true labour of love. Not just for me but for all those who helped make it happen.
“From the art house team who provided a cost effective base and support to create the book through to the many individuals who provided funds through the Kickstarter campaign.
“Crowd funding and self-publishing has made this quite a journey but one that has helped us to create a true piece of art, without compromise.”