You is a novel about playing and making video games

Austin Grossman, a game developer who has worked on Ultima Underworld 2, Thief: Deadly Shadows, and Dishonored, has written a novel about playing and making video games from personal experience, according to an interview with Kotaku.

"The central characters met each other in an Intro to Programming class in 1983 in high school," he told Kotaku. "One night, they had a long, rambling conversation about Tron and virtual reality and it winds up with them collectively asking ‘Will we ever be able to make the ultimate game?'"

The five characters in You dedicate their lives to that endeavor, and Grossman plots tragedy and intrigue throughout a novel that, ultimately, is about game development.

"The main character learns about one of the original four friends' death and gets caught up in a mystery around a hidden technology that one of them made before he died, which might be the key to the holodeck technology. But, really, it comes to grips with what the real passion of game development is."

You is also Grossman's attempt to explore the psychology behind the pastime its developers make. "[What] are people doing when they play games for hours and hours and hours out of their day? What are they feeling? What's driving the people who play and make games? It's a really human experience and I want to write about it in a way that felt satisfying and truthful," he said.

"You is a novel about everything that happens when you try to make a video game," according to Grossman's website. It's due to be published by Mulholland Books in March 2013.

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