- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill (April 27, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0072224282
- ISBN-13: 978-0072224283
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 9.9 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,371,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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High Score! The Illustrated History of Electronic Games Paperback – April 27, 2002
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The Ultimate History of Electronic Games
"...overflowing with color screenshots, package art, reproductions of old game ads, shots of old machines, and photos of collectibles. Every picture triggers another memory, and before long you're awash in blissful recollections..."--Computer Gaming World, August '02
"...300+ pages offer a visually compelling record of the origins and development of electronic entertainment, so buy it for the pictures of rare game boxes and screens... it's a great nostalgia trip for old-timers and a primer on the industry's storied past for the less ancient reader."--Computer Games, August '02
"This is a great work that shows the humanity, creativity, and passion inside the art and business of games. The public is playing a lot of games today and Rusel's and Johnny's fine book gives them a terrific look behind the scenes."--Trip Hawkins, founder of Electronic Arts and 3DO
"As an industry veteran, I am excited to see that Rusel and Johnny have poured their hard work and talent into creating this visual and textual compendium of the history of computer entertainment. Just as I was, I think you will be amazed to see how far we've come in so few years. The pictorial content of this book represents a glimpse at great milestones of our recent past that are quickly going to be impossible to see, perhaps ever again, outside this volume."--Richard Garriott, computer gaming pioneer, developer of the Ultima series of games, and founder of Origin Systems
In this lavishly illustrated full-color retrospective, you'll learn how electronic games blossomed from their humble origins as a hobby for programmers at computer science laboratories to a multi-billion dollar industry. Along the way you'll learn the fascinating human stories--told in their own words--of the people who created the games, built the companies, and had a vision that changed the world. Here is the inside scoop--featuring stories that have never been told in print before--of the triumphs, the tricks of fate, and even the spectacular failures that have led to today's high-voltage games industry. High Score! The Illustrated History of Electronic Games is the first history that covers not only arcades and home gaming systems but the popular PC games industry as well.
You'll find never-before-seen photos that bring to life the people and stories behind the most popular games of all time, including...
- Space Invaders
- Donkey Kong
- Dragon's Lair
- Legend of Zelda
- Super Mario Bros.
- King's Quest
- Tomb Raider
- ...And Many More!
About the Author
Johnny L. Wilson (Seattle, WA) is Group Publisher for Wizards of the Coast¿s magazine group, which includes Dragon, Dungeon, Top Deck, Star Wars Gamer and Star Wars Insider. He is perhaps better known as the former editor-in-chief of Computer Gaming World (1992-1999), the premier magazine for computer-gaming fans.
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Anyway, I have my problems with the book, but I don't regret buying it, not for a second. It's still really really nice to have and page through, and covers a lot of good stuff impeccably.
I'm a 36 year old guy..I had a VCS 2600 , Intellivision and other consoles..and was a teenage arcades fan, and I found in this book all the glittering past that I still recall. Many photos, many particulars, stories, adds and much more materials than I could believe. The book is the right size, it's HEAVY and it has a great "touch" feeling..
You cannot miss this book if you were mad for arcades and consoles. And if you still recall it...you still are mad for that ! :-)
Recommended for nostalgics like me...and keep it aside your pac man original arcade in the living room..to astonish better your friends :-)
The pictures in the book are outstanding and are pretty much worth the price of the book. Classic game screenshots, boxes, and other historial items from the late 70's until the dawn of the current era of videogames (PS2, etc) are displayed.
The book only gets 4 stars from me because while the book title does say "The Illustrated History of Video Games", the brief written descriptions accompanying the pictures left me wanting for more (I am a slight history buff)
However, the book is still a great gift for anyone who perhaps played the games or is a interested in the history of video games.
There are also plenty of behind-the-scenes anecdotes.
Of course, text-wise, there's not as much detail here as you would find in books like Game Over or The Last Quarter, but it's a terrific (essential, even) visual companion to those two excellent books. Plus, it covers more of the *computer* gaming side of the industry than the other videogame history books I've read.
The authors' love of the subject material shines brightly on every page. Highly recommended.