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High Score! The Illustrated History of Electronic Games Paperback – April 27, 2002
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From the Back Cover
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
Rusel DeMaria (Grants Pass, OR) has been an observer and/or participant in the electronic gaming industry since its inception. Beginning in 1980, he began writing professionally about games. He has written nearly 60 strategy guides and is acknowledged as one of the pioneers of that book genre. In addition to his books, Rusel has been a senior editor and columnist for several national magazines. 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
This book is a terrific look at the games past and present that have shaped the video game industry as it is today! As the title suggests, much of the book is in picture form with many shots of games (video, arcare, computer) and other material of years past.
As much as I love the book, the reason I give it 4 stars is the written descriptions that accompany the book. I personally love history and wish that more written material could have been included. What is presented is adequate but I was left wanting for MORE background info!
As it is, the book is still a must buy for any video game fan or history buff. One also might want to check out "The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World" as well.
This book may seem a little pricey, but it's worth it. It covers an incredible amount of information (albeit not in the depth some might want)-But the thing that allows it to rise above in my opinion is the high quality, HUGE range of photographs, some very rare. As games are a visual medium, this is important to me. Home games or arcade games, both are covered well, and the beautiful layout will have you returning to this book again and again.
The 'Ultimate Guide to video games' (Also available) goes into greater details, but has very few photos-I prefer this, but I would recommend both to any game fan, as both are excellent, and together they make a fantastic companion set.
I was born in 1968 and found this book to be a great trip through memory lane. If you're like me...you owned an Atari 2600, a ColecoVision, and an Apple //e, you're going to get a real kick out of the content within. If nothing else, pick it up used. It's a great coffee table addition.
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.
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