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Video Gaming Manual Hardcover – 1 Sep 2009

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844255093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844255092
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.3 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Joao Diniz Sanches is a freelance writer/journalist with a passion for all forms of video gaming. Since 1997 he has written extensively about video gaming, and is a former editor of Edge, one of the world's leading gaming magazines. Joao is the author of our well-received Driving Games Manual and lives in Somerset.


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Format: Hardcover
As well as dealing with the history and state of video gaming, this book covers practical aspects of the form that the other great books on the subject - which JDS recommends in the Video Gaming Manual - don't touch on, such as how to get the best deals, how to choose a video cable, and a load of other very useful titbits like that. It also goes in some detail into the history and specifications of twenty different consoles and computers, which makes for very enjoyable reading if you have any interest whatsoever in gaming.

If you're just entering the world of video gaming, this is a great primer, taking you more or less up to speed on its history, all the most significant platforms and games, and how to set yourself up with the best gear. If, like me, you're already a seasoned gamer, there's still plenty in there of interest and it's a great book to dip in and out of.
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Format: Hardcover
When you consider how popular video games are it's amazing that there have been so few quality books devoted to the subject. Thankfully The Video Gaming Manual solves that little problem by offering what is possibly the most comprehensive summary of the industry ever committed to paper; not only does it touch upon the history of our beloved hobby but it also delves into topics such as importing, different TV standards, second-hand gaming, general maintenance of your consoles and games and much, much more.

In addition to all this, the book also covers the key machines in-depth. Every major video game system is covered here, from the humble Spectrum all the way up to the shiny PS3. Accompanying each system is a detailed history, technical information, a selection of key titles and plenty of high-quality photography. In a nutshell, it's a video game collector's dream and the best coffee table publication since Madonna did that book with the rude photos in all those years ago.

Thank goodness someone has finally decided to treat the world of video games with the respect it deserves. Those of you that are old enough to recall Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy really should pick this up without a moment's hesitation; conversely, if you cut your teeth on more recent consoles you owe it to yourself to read this fine book and get some serious retro education. As you would expect from publisher Haynes, this is essentially the only manual you will ever need to purchase if you're serious about your gaming.
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Format: Hardcover
A fascinating journey into how I wasted the last 30 years of my life ;-) I've owned nearly every one of the consoles described in the manual, and enjoyed many of the games reviewed in this book. The mixture of history, politics as well as just the "fun" aspects is well balanced and provides an interesting insight into the world of video games.

I cannot judge how interesting this would be for someone younger, but I certainly found it an interesting read and a good trip back in time. Ahhh....Nostagia isn't what it used to be, you know ;-) The book is extensive, well researched and written in a light easy to read tone. A couple of pages are dedicated to each console, with lots of clear photos to keep it readable.

I've bought a few of the "Haynes" books recently and am generally impressed with what Haynes are creating: not quite DK standard yet, but getting there!

A very good effort!
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The Video Gaming Manual elegantly strikes a precarious balance between accessibility and hardcore nostalgia, the result of which is a very pleasing book indeed.

Additionally, the author (by his own admission) is subjective in his criticism and selections, making for a passionate and interesting read, whilst simultaneously avoiding the repetition of the same lists of games, consoles, and their histories that we have read countless times elsewhere.

So whilst this book is by no means definitive (and nor does it claim to be), it is still wide reaching and packed full of indepth information. The facts are all present and correct, of course, but a surprising amount of additional insight is offered, not least the observations and experiences that the author's past as a games journalist allow him to include.

Chapters on console maintenance, making your money go further, and importing all provide a brilliant foundation to help beginners start their collections. However, the old guard are also more than catered for by an excellent selection of recomended software (which include some surprising, and refreshing entries), a clearly communicated sense of a shared passion, and wonderful photography of over three decades worth of hardware, software and accesories.

In fact, I feel like booting up It Came From The Desert on my 500 and starting an argument with a (clearly deluded) Atari ST owner all over again...

In short, this is a book for passionate gamers, and newcomers who want become so. The former can reminisce in good company, whilst the later can learn about the evolution of home gaming through more than just dry facts and figures. Both audiences will be well served by this book's left of centre viewpoint.
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