The Ultimate History of Video Games, Volume 1: From Pong to Pokemon and Beyond . . . the Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World

Crown, 16 jun 2010 - 624 páginas
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The definitive behind-the-scenes history of the dawn of video games and their rise into a multibillion-dollar business
“For industry insiders and game players alike, this book is a must-have.”—Mark Turmell, designer for Midway Games and creator of NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, and WrestleMania
With all the whiz, bang, pop, and shimmer of a glowing arcade, volume 1 of The Ultimate History of Video Games reveals everything you ever wanted to know and more about the unforgettable games that changed the world, the visionaries who made them, and the fanatics who played them. Starting in arcades then moving to televisions and handheld devices, the video game invasion has entranced kids and the young at heart for nearly fifty years. And gaming historian Steven L. Kent has been there to record the craze from the very beginning.
The Ultimate History: Volume 1 tells the incredible tale of how this backroom novelty transformed into a cultural phenomenon. Through meticulous research and personal interviews with hundreds of industry luminaries, Kent chronicles firsthand accounts of how yesterday’s games like Space Invaders, Centipede, and Pac-Man helped create an arcade culture that defined a generation, and how today’s empires like Sony, Nintendo, and Electronic Arts have galvanized a multibillion-dollar industry and a new generation of games. Inside, you’ll discover
• the video game that saved Nintendo from bankruptcy
• the serendipitous story of Pac-Man’s design
• the misstep that helped topple Atari’s $2-billion-a-year empire
• the coin shortage caused by Space Invaders
• the fascinating reasons behind the rise, fall, and rebirth of Sega
• and much more!
Entertaining, addictive, and as mesmerizing as the games it chronicles, this book is a must-have for anyone who’s ever touched a joystick.

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Reseña de usuario  - Paul_S - LibraryThing

Ultimate history of *console* games (in the second millennium). As always, it's all about that crucial nintendo vs sega battle. Here, in Europe, no one gave a crap. Leer reseña completa

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Reseña de usuario  - renbedell - LibraryThing

A very interesting look at the history of video game companies. I really enjoyed learning about how many of these companies got their start and the troubles they may have had. The book goes very deep ... Leer reseña completa

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Foreword by Peter Molyneux Acknowledgments Timeline
The World Before Pong
Forgotten Fathers Chapter 3 Father of the Industry
And Then There Was Pong
The King and Court
The Birth of Sega
The Jackals Chapter 7 Could You Repeat That Two More Times? Chapter 8 Strange Bedfellows
Album Covers Chapter 17 We Tried to Keep from Laughing Chapter 18 The Seeds of Competition
The Legal Game
The Year of Hardware
Run for the Money Chapter 24 The
Moral Kombat
The Next Generation Part
The Mainstream and All Its Perils
And the Cycle Continues Chapter 30 Three Horses and a Pony Source Notes

The Battle for the Home Chapter 13 A Case of Two Gorillas Chapter 14 The Fall
The Aftermath

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Sobre el autor (2010)

Steven L. Kent turned a lifelong joystick addiction into a fifteen-year gig writing for outlets like Microsoft News, Boys’ Life, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, and The Japan Times. In addition to his two-volume account The Ultimate History of Video Games, Kent wrote The Making of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and The Making of Doom 3. Also a novelist, he authored the Clone Republic series and co-authored 100 Fathoms Below with Nicholas Kaufmann. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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