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A Brief History Of Video Games: From Atari to Xbox One (Brief Histories) Paperback – 23 Jul 2015

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (23 July 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472118804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472118806
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Brief History of Video Games is an exceptional work that celebrates gaming without the obsequious flattery, a book that will engross anyone with even the faintest interest in the medium. It's unclear whether we'll be able to write a comprehensive history of the next forty years of games, but at least we've got the perfect history of the first. (Five out of Ten)

A Brief History of Video Games covers a lot of games and a lot of stories spanning many decades. It's well worth your time. (Polygon)

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A fascinating exploration of the vibrant history and culture of video games

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This is a fantastic read (up to a point), intelligently written by someone with a clear passion for the topic and with some great photos - the early chapters are particularly strong. A few grumbles, however. Glossy black pages should ALWAYS be a no-no in a book - fingerprints everywhere. I also think the balance is slightly out - lots on Atari at the start (quite rightly), but little on all their early 80s rivals. A little too much focus on the later years of console and mobile gaming - although I appreciate that's partly down to the availability of info and sources in comparison to the 70's and 80's. Almost unforgivable, however, is the total lack of ANYTHING on the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST. While globally the SNES/SuperFamicom v Megadrive/Genesis battle was important, from where I was standing in the UK in the late 80s/early 90s the Amiga v ST battle was far bigger. The advances those two platforms introduced in graphics, sound and games, and the influence they had on videogames going forward is completely ignored. Many of the great SNES/Megadrive games were ports from the Amiga and ST, and the indie scene was as big, if not bigger, than the current one (which gets a whole chapter). To not mention the likes of Lemmings, SWOS, Populous, Command & Conquer, Cannon Fodder, etc is inconceivable, so was this an editng decision? I almost knocked off two stars just for that, but the rest of the book is so good I just took off one.
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Is Pong the first ever videogame? Before reading this informative and entertaining book I certainly thought so. Richard Stanton is an erudite and warm guide through this (brief) history of videogames. The early chapters chart the development of complex technologies, and the individuals who led to new forms of play. Such information is difficult to find even online, so Stanton should be commended for presenting it so neatly. With the complex history covered, Stanton faces the challenge of exploring the increasingly busy present. Yet, whether explaining esports, MMOs, or Metal Gear Solid, he routinely uncovers the appeal and allure of a much maligned medium. Whether you’re an experienced gamer with an itch to know more about your wonderful hobby, or a curious detractor who wonders what all the fuss is about, this book is a classic that will be acknowledged for years to come.
Note: The physical book is lovely and liberally illustrated. I assume it would look fine on an iPad or Kindle Fire, but have seen reports that it is unreadable on a standard Kindle. Readers should be cautious purchasing a digital copy.
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Excellent book by an excellent writer. Very thorough and explores, in depth, a lot of stories I'd never heard before from video game history. Nicely presented with a lot of varied stories and interesting writing makes it hard to put down.
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Well written and researched write up of the history of video games - I've read several books on the subject, and this book included stuff I wasn't aware of - great read!
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Very big and detailed with pictures and a large amount of variety
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