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on 12 September 2002
The title relates well to the overall read - this is indeed a (videogame-chronicling) experience like not many others, and though the book has been updated with an (albeit badly-titled) 'modern' look - The Ultimate History of Videogames - this is the original, and more entertaining, volume from Kent.
Rather than tying everything up in the same fashion as David Scheff does in the seminal 'Game Over', Kent's account is just that: an account - a vehicle with which fact is imparted rather than really mulled over. The danger here, of course, is that videogaming's history could have been painted in an awkward light, but Kent's supremely exhaustive research ensures that nuggets of insight into what went on behind the scenes, irrespective of their value in terms of how the medium moved forward because of their existence, leap from nearly every page.
Without doubt, this work is an epic in every sense of the word. Don't get me wrong, I'd rather tead this than any other 'Supercade' virus that plagues my retrospective reading.
But why Kent repeatedly selects Molyneux's inexplicably untalented hand to write the preface for his books is a mystery to me.
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