MacStories Interviews was a series of interviews with well-known developers, bloggers, journalists and geeks that we published late last year. We've revived the format to interview Ryan Rigney, author of Buttonless, a new book about iOS games that is launching on December 13th. We'll have a full review of the book when it is released, but in the meantime we thought it would be interesting to hear more from the author himself.
MacStories: Hey Ryan! Could you introduce yourself to the readers who haven't heard about you or haven't read any of your work before?
Sure! I'm a freelance writer who has written for a number of gaming outlets, most notably GamePro, PC Gamer, and Gamasutra. I've mostly written about iOS gaming, but I'm also a big console gamer so I've done a good bit of writing about those types of games as well. Just this week GamePro published my review of Minecraft!
MacStories: So tell us a bit more about your new book, Buttonless. What made you decide you wanted to write this book?
Over the past few years I've been so focused on iOS and written so much about iOS games that it's become something of an obsession. I've reviewed hundreds of iPhone and iPad games, interviewed scores of developers, and purchased far too many apps. I pretty much came to the realization that I possessed enough experience and knowledge to write a book, and then began brainstorming ideas. It took a while for me to figure out that I wanted to put so much of the focus on "the stories behind the games," though.
MacStories: Did you find it difficult finding a publisher willing to help you write this book given it is such a new industry that may appear very "niche"?
Actually, A K Peters/CRC Press was the first publisher I approached. In my pitch, I shared with them a bunch of numbers that I had stumbled across––how many hundreds of millions of iOS devices are out there, and how many people are buying these games. The truth is, it's really not a niche. iOS gaming is now the most popular form of portable gaming, and it's only getting bigger. Maybe if I had tried to write a book about 3DS games, the publisher would have needed more convincing haha!