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on March 29, 2009
Wow, this is a great book, something I guess people call a real page turner. Glossy pages with full color photos. I love the progression from the begining of a type of game (think say, Karate Champ) to its logical progression. There is an abundance of screenshots (I wont say overabundance, you can never have enough!), and its so cool to see some classic arcade games show.

The chapter 14 / pole position was one of my fav chapters in the book.
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For readers who grew up after 1975 and who spent too much time and almost surely too much money at video arcades, the book is a sweet stroll thru your memories. May I suggest that when reading it, you play a sound track of top music hits from the 80s or 90s? This combined sensory input might help reinforce the book's contents.

All the major video games are here. Remember how quickly the state of the art evolved from 1979 to 82? Space Invaders in 79 was a massive hit coming out of Japan. Yet in those few years, it was quickly obsoleted by better graphics and more intricate abilities in the games. I hesitate to call these story lines, but you might.

An attraction of the book is that it's not focused so much on describing in heavy detail the games. Rather, as the title says, it offers the view of an insider in the infant gaming industry. We can see when game teams were quite small and ditto for the budgets. When, at least in principle, you and just a few talented friends could write a best seller in a few months. Although in practice, even then, a few companies grew large and dominated the scene.

As to the book's choice of the most influential games, it seems pretty uncontroversial. These were all huge hits in their time.
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on March 8, 2012
A good book providing an interesting look at some unforgettable videogames and how different titles influenced each other throughout the years. Some choices and comparisons are debatable but this doesn't detract from the overall appeal of the book.
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on September 18, 2010
I'd like to get it on Kindle but am afraid something so picture-centric would be far less compelling on that platform due images being removed. Has anyone here tried the Kindle version?
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