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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Three Rivers Press, Oct 1, 2001 - Social Science - 608 pages
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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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Review: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World

User Review  - Philip Watson - Goodreads

Interesting read but not very balanced. The first third or so was almost entirely about Nolan Bushnell and Atari. There was some stuff about PC gaming, but not much. The rest of the book basically is ... Read full review

Review: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World

User Review  - Philip Watson - Goodreads

Interesting read but not very balanced. The first third or so was almost entirely about Nolan Bushnell and Atari. There was some stuff about PC gaming, but not much. The rest of the book basically is ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Steven L. Kent lives in Seattle, WA.

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