planetfall.jpg Over at academic-oriented game blog Grand Text Auto, blogger Noah Wardrip-Fruin has revealed info on a new MIT Press book, 'Second Person: Role-Playing and Story in Games and Playable Media', which compiles some interesting writers and academics to discuss video games in book form.

This comes after the release of 'First Person' from MIT Press, now out in paperback, which perhaps tended a little further toward the ludogolical, and includes contributions by interesting characters including Chris Crawford, Will Wright, and Eric Zimmerman, all hopping around to create "a series of discussions among creators and theorists".

As for 'Second Person', some of the highlights of the included articles look to include: 'The Sands of Time: Crafting a Videogame Story' by Jordan Mechner, 'The Creation of Floyd the Robot in Planetfall' by Steve Meretzky, and Chris Crawford on 'Deikto: A Language for Interactive Storytelling', alongside a lot more material. Actually, the MIT Press has been putting out some smart game-related books of late, if you can stand a little theory with your game writing, what with Jesper Juul's Half-Real and the actually neat Game Design Reader from Eric Zimmerman and Katie Salen.