The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokémon and Beyond : the Story Behind the Craze that Touched Our Lives and Changed the World

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Prima Pub., 2001 - Social Science - 608 pages
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Inside the Games You Grew Up with but Never Forgot
With all the whiz, bang, pop, and shimmer of a glowing arcade. The Ultimate History of Video Games reveals everything you ever wanted to know and more about the unforgettable games that changed the world, the visionaries who made them, and the fanatics who played them. From the arcade to television and from the PC to the handheld device, video games have entraced kids at heart for nearly 30 years. And author and gaming historian Steven L. Kent has been there to record the craze from the very beginning.
This engrossing book tells the incredible tale of how this backroom novelty transformed into a cultural phenomenon. Through meticulous research and personal interviews with hundreds of industry luminaries, you'll read firsthand accounts of how yesterday's games like Space Invaders, Centipede, and Pac-Man helped create an arcade culture that defined a generation, and how today's empires like Sony, Nintendo, and Electronic Arts have galvanized a multibillion-dollar industry and a new generation of games. Inside, you'll discover:
ˇThe video game that saved Nintendo from bankruptcy
ˇThe serendipitous story of Pac-Man's design
ˇThe misstep that helped topple Atari's $2 billion-a-year empire
ˇThe coin shortage caused by Space Invaders
ˇThe fascinating reasons behind the rise, fall, and rebirth of Sega
ˇAnd much more!
Entertaining, addictive, and as mesmerizing as the games it chronicles, this book is a must-have for anyone who's ever touched a joystick.

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User Review  - renbedell - LibraryThing

A very interesting look at the history of video game companies. I really enjoyed learning about how many of these companies got their start and the troubles they may have had. The book goes very deep ... Read full review

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User Review  - forkyfork - LibraryThing

I've always been fascinated with video gaming history. Although I was born in the mid 80's, consoles such as the Atari 2600 have always captured my interest even though they were "outdated" by the ... Read full review

Contents

The World Before Pong
1
Forgotten Fathers
15
Father of the Industry
27
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About the author (2001)

Steven L. Kent, a lifelong a gamer since the debut of Pong, writes weekly columns about electronic entertainment for the Los Angeles Times syndicate, MSNBC, and the Japan Times. His articles have appeared in USA Today, Rolling Stone, Replay, Wired, Next Generation, and numerous other publications. Mr. Kent has also appeared on CNN, the CBS Morning Show, and the NBC Nightly News. He lives with his wife and two children in Bothell, Washington.

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