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on December 26, 2015
I started with chapter 1, Atari 2600, and stopped a few screens in. It was not proofread or sense checked when "ET was rushed and proved to be an satisfactory videogame: sales were so low that rumours surfaced of a million cartridge units being buried in a landfill in the Nevada desert." Sounds like those sales were very satisfactory to me. And about that desert - one of the most pervasive myths in early gaming is that ET killed the console industry in the US and that the cartridges were buried in the New Mexico desert, not the Nevada desert. They actually dug the cartridges up last year near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The publisher didn't know that when it published the book 4 years ago, but the myth was so widely known and popular that someone felt they had to try and confirm it. The book may be better with the European systems, but I don't have high hopes if they can't perform simple proofreading and fact checking for one of the most iconic and researched systems in gaming history.
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on January 4, 2014
Short but moderately interesting look into various retro gaming hardware and software. The most interesting sections were discussions of Japanese devices and manufacturers. Written from a uk (England) viewpoint, so some words and currency references may a minor nuisance to US readers (colour, pounds, pal etc).
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on May 11, 2012
I have read many history style books based on video games. This one took the approach of systematically looking through many different types of hardware with which to play video games. It has many interviews with people involved in the design of the hardware and is generally quite in depth. After each chapter the writers put fourth their favorite games on each of the pieces of hardware reviewed. I say that it has a lean towards Europe because many of the interviews are with non-American/Japanese designers. This is a breath of fresh air after reading so many first hand accounts of the Japanese or American contributions to the industry.
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on June 9, 2014
I thought it was interesting to read all about video game consoles I have a strong relationship with games. Like kiw
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