The Ultimate History of Video Games: from Pong to Pokemon and beyond...the story behind the craze that touched our li ves and changed the world (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Jun 16, 2010 - Social Science - 624 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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I was lucky enough to be a kid in the heydays of video games in the early 80's and this book captures perfectly the creation and evolution of video games and in particular the excitement and hope ... Read full review

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Contents

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 Jackals
Could You Repeat ThatTwo More Times?
Strange Bedfellows
The Return of Bushnell
The Golden Age
The Golden Age
The Battle for the Home
A Case of Two Gorillas
The Fall
The Aftermath
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
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About the author (2010)

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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