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on October 27, 2014
A great book for gamers
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on June 5, 2014
Wonderful book on video games. I learned things I did not know. It has some nice pictures related to the chapter and paragraph you are reading.
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on March 20, 2014
Okay if you like stories about real people, and how they impacted a company or industry THIS IS FOR YOU.

Really that is all I can think to say.
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on February 16, 2013
I especially like how the chapters are arranged: each is allegedly about one particular emblematic game, but in fact is about the entire genre that game symbolizes, with good coverage of competitors and derivatives, e.g. Pac-Man -> labyrinth games; Space Invaders -> shoot-em-ups etc. Highly recommended read for anybody who's an enthusiast of video games.

Coverage is about equal on consoles, arcades, and home computers. That's nice too.

I do agree with the other reviewer who said they should use less exclamation points, though. But that doesn't detract from the reading.

Paper, print and image quality is absolutely gorgeous. Do yourself a favor and try to get a physical copy instead of *spittake* an e-book.
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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 February 21, 2011
I was excited to purchase the Kindle edition of this book, but disappointed to find it was sloppily put together, full of typos and missing characters. Considering the digital price is about the same as the print price, this is unacceptable. That being said, I enjoyed the content of the book and it was nice being able to link directly the websites listed in the footnotes.
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on November 17, 2010
How exactly is this an "Insider Look at the history..."? The authors are fanboys, not game developers or industry veterans. I learned nothing new from this book, except that it's a bad idea to impulse purchase on Amazon.

If you are 14 years old and have a school essay due, I would suggest you could cut-and-paste one of these chapters verbatim and hand it in as your own work. You might get a generoous C-.
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on October 19, 2010
If you're at all interested in the history of video games you'll likely find this to be a very enjoyable read. Every chapter discusses a different game and every game is picked by how much it defines a genre. The authors are not biased in their choices which is very refreshing. While each chapter is dedicated to examining a different game they don't stop there... they also discuss the lineage of that particular genre, how that game fits into said genre and why it is the most influential game in the genre. Whether you're a modern, retro or hardcore gamer, you'll likely find this to be a fun read. Make sure you have a few dollars on hand while reading it because you'll probably find yourself on ebay trying to track some of these gems down.
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on October 10, 2010
Matt Barton y Bill Leguidice hacen un extenso recorrido por la muy interesante historia de los videojuegos y su época dorada.
Vintage Games hace un trabajo fenomenal diferenciandose de los demás libros donde también se trata el tema, es una maravillosa pieza investigativa de 25 capítulos y casi 400 páginas repletas de información y complementada con muy bien logradas capturas de pantalla a todo color. Una de las mayores ventajas del libro es que no es necesario leerlo de manera lineal, cada capítulo se construye a partir de uno de tantos juegos populares dejando a un lado la exageración en textos y narrativa para enfocarse en sus características e historia además de sus precursores así como otros productos similares que fueron apareciendo posteriormente (es asi como, por ejemplo, en el capítulo de Doom habla acerca de como Ultima Undergrond lo influenció y menciona además como Halo y Quake aparecieron gracias a este glorioso FPS de 1993).

Los autores usan un lenguaje fácil de comprender para quienes tenemos un inglés nativo, lo recomiendo como primera opción sobre muchos otros libros existentes si quiere un texto donde se aprenda sobre la historia de los más importantes juegos de ayer y hoy contada de una manera sencilla y completa.
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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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