Inside the Games You Grew Up with but Never ForgotWith all the whiz, bang, pop, and shimmer of a glowing arcade The Ultimate History of Video Games reveals everything you ever wanted to know and about the unforgettable games that changed the world, the visionaries who made them, and the fanatics who played them From the arcade to television and from the PC to the handheld device, video games have entraced kids at heart for nearly 30 years And author and gaming historian Steven L Kent has been there to record the craze from the very beginning.This engrossing book tells the incredible tale of how this backroom novelty transformed into a cultural phenomenon Through meticulous research and personal interviews with hundreds of industry luminaries, you ll read firsthand accounts of how yesterday s games like Space Invaders, Centipede, and Pac Man helped create an arcade culture that defined a generation, and how today s empires like Sony, Nintendo, and Electronic Arts have galvanized a multibillion dollar industry and a new generation of games Inside, you ll discover The video game that saved Nintendo from bankruptcy The serendipitous story of Pac Man s design The misstep that helped topple Atari s 2 billion a year empire The coin shortage caused by Space Invaders The fascinating reasons behind the rise, fall, and rebirth of Sega And much Entertaining, addictive, and as mesmerizing as the games it chronicles, this book is a must have for anyone who s ever touched a joystick....
|Title||:||The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World|
|Number of Pages||:||374 Pages|
|File Size||:||888 KB|
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The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World Reviews
This is an excellent volume of video game history and well worth the read.
I used this book for a class in college and I was deathly afraid the content was going to be boring and/or outdated. Thankfully it was neither and I was shocked how much I not only enjoyed the class, but loved reading the book! Obviously the history only goes so far but they did a great job of not outdating themselves. In fact you could read it now and still get a lot of great history! I recommend college professors to use this in their video game history classes more often or even if you're not in school, check this book out and get some phenomenal video game knowledge out of it!
I couldn't put this one down. It's a long book but I felt like it flew by. I appreciated the more in depth approach taken on the earlier history, as anything after the SNES era is in general less interesting to me, personally. I learned some stuff I hadn't picked up from other sources and picked up some more in depth knowledge on some topics I only knew a bit on. Being born in the mid-80s, this book did a great job at describing the feeling of the eras I wasn't around for. The book ended between the release of the PS2 and the Xbox which for me was a perfect ending point as the end of the Dreamcast, and hence the end of Sega hardware, is where my interest also ends.
Video games as a medium have been around for an extremely long time. Each console bringing it's own unique and memorable experiences to the plate. As the genre progresses and gains more recognition, it's all the more important that it's heritage be preserved for future generations to learn about. This is where "The Ultimate History Of Video Games" comes in. While other books devoted to gaming merely gloss over certain topics, "The Ultimate History Of Video Games" leaves absolutely no stone unturned and provides such an incredible wealth of information and detail that you'd swear you experienced it first hand. The book covers gaming from it's humble beginnings as mechanical games of chance all the way up to the introduction of the PS2, Gamecube, and XBOX.
When I was younger, I loved playing video games especially during the 1990s and early 2000s. I can even remember how, mainly during the sixth generation of consoles, my own addiction to the history and people of the video game industry. I could not get enough of it, even if I knew that I would never get to play many of the most popular games. With a book like The Ultimate History of Video Games, from the earliest days of arcades and the first consoles to the launch of Xbox, a great story is told.