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The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon and beyond...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.

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

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.

Table of Contents

The world before Pong — Forgotten fathers — Father of the industry — And then there was Pong — The king and court — The jackals — "Could you repeat that two more times?" — Strange bedfellows — The return of Bushnell — The golden age (part 1: 1979-1980) — The golden age (part 2: 1981-1983) — The battle for the home — A case of two gorillas — The fall — The aftermath — Album covers — We tried to keep from laughing — The seeds of competition — The birth of Sega — The new empire — The legal game — The year of hardware — Run for the money — The war — Moral kombat — The "next" generation (part 1) — The "next" generation (part 2) — the mainstream and all its perils — And the cycle continues — Three horses and a pony.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307560872
Subtitle:
From Pong to Pok
Publisher:
Prima
Creator:
Steve L. Kent
Author:
Kent, Steve L.
Author:
Kent, Steven
Author:
Steve L. Kent
Subject:
Social Science : Popular Culture - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Video games
Subject:
Video & Electronic
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Video & Electronic - General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Video games -- History.
Subject:
Computers Reference-History and Society
Subject:
Games-Video Games
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Electricity-General Electronics
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2001
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
608

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History and Social Science » Sociology » General
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Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Games » Video Games
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The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon and beyond...the Story behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World
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Product details 608 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307560872 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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

"Synopsis" by , 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.
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