From Publishers Weekly
This highly informative book, written by veteran gaming columnist Goldberg, is billed as the first of its kind, spanning 50 years of video game history with its zany personalities, many trends, and marketing coups. The video game industry boasts revenues equaling that of Hollywood and a huge consumer base of 70% of Americans playing its games, Goldberg reveals. He details the ebb-and-flow of video game history and stories of its creators such as Ralph Baer, Nolan Bushnell, Hiroshi Yamauchi, William "Tripp" Hawkins, Dan and Sam Houser, Graeme Devine, and Jason Kapulka. His coverage of the development of games like Tennis for Two, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Dungeons & Dragons, Myst, Sims, and Grand Theft Auto will appeal not only to nerds and gamers in Goldberg's easily accessible anecdotes but to those who grew up with these games through generations. (Apr.)
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"A love letter to gaming...
filled with fascinating behind-the-scenes vignettes of game creation…perfectly encapsulates the passion and dedication of videogames’ creators and fans."—Abbie Heppe, senior producer, G4TV
"The best window into the video game industry on the market today.
"—Steve Kent, author of The Ultimate History of Video Games
"Harold Goldberg’s portrait of a weird, often dysfunctional and amazing video game industry makes a great, great read
."—Ken Levine, co-founder and creative director, Irrational Games
Goldberg takes us inside the hearts and minds of the hackers, hustlers, engineers, and dreamers who changed electronic entertainment forever.
"--Matt Helgeson, senior editor, Game Informer
"A story as riveting and addictive as the games it explores…
If you’ve ever wanted someone to explain how and why video games captured the world’s imagination, this is the book for you."
--James Ledbetter, editor in charge, Reuters.com