The sheer number of books out there on the topic of computer and video games is, to me at least, very encouraging for the future of the medium. It represents a growing acceptance for computer games as a worthwhile and artistic medium – one contested by Roger Ebert and many parents who still see computer games as nothing more than uber-violent gorefests which corrupt their children.
The end of that path towards mass acceptance is still a long way off, but the fact that intelligent authors are now trying to express that idea sensibly (for a fee, of course) is a large step in the right direction and one that we should all be grateful for. After all, we all need something to read when there's a power cut or we can't get into the forums, right?
Check it out at Bit Tech.