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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Paperback, Prima Publishing, 2001, ISBN # 0761536434

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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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Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publish Date: Oct 02, 2001
ISBN-13: 9780761536437
ISBN-10: 0761536434
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 624
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.3
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