The Walkthrough: Insider Tales from a Life in Strategy Guides

The Walkthrough: Insider Tales from a Life in Strategy Guides

by Doug Walsh

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The Walkthrough offers a rare peek behind the curtain of the secretive video game industry from an unlikely perspective, that of a career strategy guide writer. For eighteen years, Doug Walsh was one of the most prolific authors of officially licensed video game strategy guides.

One part memoir and one part industry tell-all, The Walkthrough takes players on an entertaining march through gaming's recent history, from the dawn of the PlayStation to the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Switch. Follow along as Walsh retraces his career and reveals how the books were made, what it was like writing guides to some of the industry's most celebrated — and derided — titles, and why the biggest publishers of guidebooks are no longer around.

Walsh devotes entire chapters to many of gaming's most popular franchises, including Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Gears of War, and Diablo, among others. From inauspicious beginnings with Daikatana to authoring the books for the entire Bioshock trilogy, with plenty of highs, lows, and Warp Pipes along the way, Walsh delivers a rare treat to twenty-first century gamers.  is sure to satisfy the curiosity of anyone who grew up with the works of BradyGames and Prima Games sprawled across their laps.

With over one hundred books to his credit, and countless weeks spent at many of the most famous studios in North America, he is uniquely qualified to give an insider's perspective of a little-known niche within the multi-billion-dollar industry.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161262337
Publisher: Snoke Valley Books
Publication date: 05/16/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 454,655
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Doug Walsh is a lifetime gamer and author of over one hundred video game strategy guides for publishers BradyGames and Prima Games. From Diablo to Zelda and Borderlands to Gears of War, Walsh has written for nearly every major franchise of the last two decades. He's also the author of the prizewinning novel, Tailwinds Past Florence and has appeared in Adventure Cyclist. Originally from New Jersey, Walsh now lives and plays in western Washington.

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The Walkthrough: Insider Tales from a Life in Strategy Guides 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 25 days ago
An in-depth look at a world that gave me insight and pause where I wouldn't have given it a second thought otherwise. I wish I paid more attention in its heyday.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Fantastic book! I lived getting strategy guides for games I had and didn't and though I have never played Wind Waker, I loved the guide. Thank you for all your hard work!