Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time

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Focal Press/Elsevier, 2009 - Computers - 395 pages
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Vintage Games explores the most influential videogames of all time, including Super Mario Bros., Grand Theft Auto III, Doom, The Sims and many more. Drawing on interviews as well as the authors' own lifelong experience with videogames, the book discusses each game's development, predecessors, critical reception, and influence on the industry. It also features hundreds of full-color screenshots and images, including rare photos of game boxes and other materials. Vintage Games is the ideal book for game enthusiasts and professionals who desire a broader understanding of the history of videogames and their evolution from a niche to a global market.

*Explores the gameplay, history, development, and influence of the most important videogames of all time
*Includes material from interviews, contemporary reviews, manuals, and other primary and secondary sources
*Identifies and analyzes the key concepts behind each videogame
*Features hundreds of exclusive, full-color images


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An excellent read, the authors understand the subject matter extremely well, and can see the logical progression that games have made - a topic not often discussed or even realised by many people. Well worth the asking price, and very hard to put down - unless you want to put it down to play a game discussed within its pages of course! 

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Be sure to check here: http://www.armchairarcade.com/vintagegames for the book's official page, which contains a wealth of additional information, including links to free online bonus chapters not found in the book and additional images not found in the book or anywhere else online. Here is a link to other reviews/thoughts on the book: http://www.armchairarcade.com/neo/node/2218 . 

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