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5.0 out of 5 stars Great multi-decade account, 30 Nov 2012
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The book details the whole span of Britain's games industry, from the late 70's all the way through to 2012. The rise and decline of all the great names are in there (Acorn, Sinclair, Codemasters, Ocean, DMA Design, Imagine and plenty more). It's hard to think of anything the authors didn't cover.

The title is somewhat misleading, as whilst there are whole chapters dedicated to GTA and Tomb Raider, they are far from the focus of the book.

An essential read for any games enthusiasts who grew up in the 80s!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breathless recent history!, 13 Nov 2012
This review is from: Grand Thieves & Tomb Raiders: How British Video Games Conquered the World (Hardcover)
This does exactly what it says on the tin, which is a breathless rattle through the history of British Computer Games, which doesn't sound very exciting but ends up being occasionally as thrilling as the adventures of their cover star. As a disinterested gamer I can still match my memory to some of the highlights here, Elite, GTA and Tomb Raider. The book is helped by this being more than a parochial history, the peculiar development of home computing (the BBC computing project and the dirt cheap Spectrum) created a load of enthusiasts which fuelled a bedroom revolution and later some of the best world-beating games. So there are tales of nerds vs the boardroom, but there is also some interesting discussion in how the technology developed which works no matter how good your knowledge of the subject is.

The book also sadly feels like it may also have been written at the end of this epoch, these early advantages having been almost run down. Its a great read however involved you are in gaming, the authors have a knack of describing games honestly, but also in the context of their times. There is even a fun "code it yourself" version of Snake at the end. Highly recommended
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reminder of the glory 8bit gaming days, 14 Dec 2012
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I really enjoyed this nostalgic trip down memory lane; transported back to mid 80's 8bit gaming, bedroom coding, hours spent typing in listings etc.

I'd thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history and evolution of the British video games industry

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really in-depth history of the birth of an industry, 27 Dec 2012
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H. Robinson (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Not just a nostalgia trip (I'm younger than the ZX Spectrum or Micro!) this is a really well researched history, with dozens of new interviews with the creatives and businesspeople who made the industry.

The transition between 13/14 year olds programming onto tapes in their bedrooms and an industry worth more than movies is kind of mind-boggling. Seeing the characters of the people who shaped the companies is really interesting, even if you've only got a passing interest in video games it's fascinating to follow the thread of how something like Lemmings came to be made.

This is definitely essential for anyone who's hoping to get into working in computer games and an incredibly valuable store of knowledge for anyone who's just interested in how the industry came to be. If you're in your twenties now, it seems like it must have always been massive companies like Eidos who made games when in reality it's only a few decades since people were selling them off cassettes marked with biro.

There's also a whole section of code by one of the early programmers, to use on an emulator (or a Spectrum, if you've got a working one!) at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for anyone even remotely interested in computer games., 6 Dec 2012
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Michael Dailly (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Fantastic book, full of interesting storys covering the entire lifespace of the UK games indistry - amazingly well done.
Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 3 July 2013
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Philip (Leamington, UK) - See all my reviews
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Good read!
I would highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in the UK Games industry.
You'll enjoy it.
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