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Good nostalgia trip, if nothing else
on 24 November 2000
I found that this was a book of two halves. The first half was immensely enjoyable, as the author takes us through the history and development of computer games. This was a nostalgia trip for me as I grew up using a Spectrum, and graduated onto the next generation in exactly the same way as the book describes.
However, this was marred by Poole's lack of knowledge and empathy with the most important people in the business - those that play the games. He came across as a definite outsider. Just imagine someone who hasn't watched a film for fifteen years writing a book on the development of films in that period. Pointless.
The second half was slightly better from this point of view, concentrating on the future, but as for the philosophy nonsense, you can keep it. None of it applied to me.