The Making of Prince of Persia

by Jordan Mechner

This book is the collected journal entries from the creator of Prince of Persia, an early video game that broke many technical and artistic boundaries.

For someone's meandering and often angsty journal entries, I was captivated. I could relate some of Jordan's challenges as he became an adult, in the creative expression and the tension between pursuing art and work, or art as work.

Everyone has their own particular form of self-destruction. Mine, I’m starting to think, is standing outside myself, watching myself live my life, turning my face so as to give the cameras a better angle, and thus missing the whole thing.

Compiled 2024-04-21