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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

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Inside the Games You Grew Up with but Never Forgot

With 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 more 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 more!

Entertaining, addictive, and as mesmerizing as the games it chronicles, this book is a must-have for anyone who's ever touched a joystick.

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From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World. Entertaining, addictive and as mesmerizing as its subject, this book is a must-have for anyone who's ever touched a joystick.

About the Author

Steven L. Kent, a lifelong a gamer since the debut of Pong, writes weekly columns about electronic entertainment for the Los Angeles Times syndicate, MSNBC, and the Japan Times. His articles have appeared in USA Today, Rolling Stone, Replay, Wired, Next Generation, and numerous other publications. Mr. Kent has also appeared on CNN, the CBS Morning Show, and the NBC Nightly News. He lives with his wife and two children in Bothell, Washington.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780761536437
Author:
Kent, Steve L.
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Author:
Kent, Steve L.
Author:
Kent, Steven
Location:
Roseville, Calif.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Video games
Subject:
Video & Electronic
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Video & Electronic - General
Subject:
Video games -- History.
Subject:
Games-Video Games
Subject:
video games;games;history;gaming;non-fiction;computers;atari;nintendo
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 2000-130
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 PAGES OF BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
9.1 x 7.39 x 1.2 in 2.15 lb

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