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Hi, I'm Odile, a historical linguist from the Netherlands who also likes to write about music, games, and history. Check out my longer blog posts and other writings on Sub Specie.

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Signs: an Introduction to Semiotics
Thomas A. Sebeok, Marcel Danesi
Language and Space
Lynn Nadel, Mary A. Peterson, Paul Bloom

Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts

Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts - Rob  Smith, George Lucas Nice and big, and beautifully illustrated, 'Rogue Leaders' is a fine tribute to one of the most prolific video game studios in the US and the world. The large amount of concept artworks and other tidbits make it a feast for the eye.

Nevertheless, textually it might have been better. Smith gives a good overview of the company's history and structure, but the information about the games themselves is slightly cursory and perhaps lacks an element of critique. By the end of the book it's all Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars, when it's clear the company was in its heyday with originally developed titles and adventure games from the late 80s till the eraly 90s. Let's face it, howmany truly great games have the studio produced since then? Proportionally, I would have like to see more info and analysis about the games that will truly stand the test of time rather than the umpteenth Lucas-franchise game.