Diablo game origin book becomes Amazon bestseller

By Michael Jamias
diablo book amazon bestseller

David L. Craddock's engrossing book uncovers the beginnings of the billion-dollar videogame franchise, Diablo.

"Stay Awhile and Listen: How Two Blizzards Unleashed Diablo and Forged a Video-Game Empire - Book I" has reached no. 1 for four straight days in the Amazon's "Video & Electronic Games" category after its release.

Readers have been fascinated by its extremely detailed recounting of how the two Blizzards -- Blizzard North and Blizzard Entertainment -- clashed and, ultimately, united to bring the iconic action rpg to the world. Diablo went on to redefine the online gaming genre and has since spawned two sequels, Diablo 2 and Diablo 3.

This is the first volume in what Amazon.com said will be a series introducing the teams responsible for creating Blizzard's bestselling Diablo and WarCraft series.

Even mmo industry veterans who may have already heard bits and pieces of Blizzard's early days had high praise for the book's surprising depth, achieved through extensive interviews with key developers and decision-makers at the time.

"David Craddock's Stay Awhile and Listen masterfully retells the tale of the game development Camelot created by the founders of Blizzard Entertainment," said Richard Garriott, creator of the Ultima series of rpg games online.

Critics also liked how the plot unfolds and keeps readers enthralled. Slashdot.org said the book "flows almost like a documentary film. During the narrative parts, it's easy to imagine a group of young developers hunched in front of faintly glowing screens. During the quotations, you can picture the older and wiser industry veterans sitting in front of a camera and explaining those early days with smiles on their faces."

Tristan Donovan, author of Replay: The History of Video Games, said Stay Awhile and Listen "tells how passion, maxed-out credit cards, and sleepless nights spawned a gaming phenomenon and unearths the game design secrets that made Diablo an enduring classic."

Book 1 is now available on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, and Google Play e-readers and apps.


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