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Post by Opa-Opa » Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:41 am

I have Supercade and High score. Both books take pride of place on top of my Uniwars Cocktail cabinet and everyone loves them.
Next up I think I will give Retro Gaming Hacks - Chris Kohler a go, as seen in this months Games tm retro section...

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Post by EnglishRob » Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:25 am

I'm looking forward to the release of that Spectrum book.

Just checked the progress on the web site and it's looking good.

Once I get paid I might pre-order it.

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Post by Frank Chickens » Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:27 am

roberthazelby wrote:I've said it before, and I'll say it again, you really must add "Extra Life, The Coming of Age in Cyberspace" to your collections.

The book is a true story about a kid growing up in the 80's and how computers affected his life.

I can't see it on Amazon.co.uk, but it's available on .com:

Well worth tracking down.
Cheers Rob, just what I need - something ekse to add to my "must read" list! :wink: :lol:

Seriously though, here are the videogame books I've really enjoyed over the years:

Accidental Empires - Robert X. Cringely
Both Steven L. Kent first two books
The Computer Book - BBC
Game over: How Nintendo Conquered the World - David Sheff
Micromania: Whole Truth About Home Computers - Charles Platt, David Langford
Phoenix -Fall and Rise of the Videogame - Leon Herman
Zap! The Rise and Fall of Atari (1st. ed) - Scott Cohen
Invasion of the Space Invaders - Martin Amis

My favourite is Micromania, LOVE that book! 8)
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Post by Morkin » Tue Feb 28, 2006 6:56 am

roberthazelby wrote:I've said it before, and I'll say it again, you really must add "Extra Life, The Coming of Age in Cyberspace" to your collections.
Ordered. :D I've also read & enjoyed:

Electronic Plastic
Masters of Doom
Power-Up
Family Computer 1983-1994 by the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Lucky Wander Boy

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Post by rolenta » Fri Mar 17, 2006 4:36 pm

Frank Chickens wrote:Phoenix -Fall and Rise of the Videogame - Leon Herman
The 3rd edition of Phoenix is out of print but the 4th edition is planned for this year.

Meanwhile, Rolenta Press currently offers the following books:

* Videogames: In The Beginning by Ralph H. Baer, the father of videogames
* Confessions of the Game Doctor by Bill Kunkel, co-founder of the world's first videogame magazine - electronic Games
* ABC To The VCS (2nd edition) by Leonard Herman

Information on these books could be found at: http://www.rolentapress.com

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Post by rolenta » Fri Mar 17, 2006 4:43 pm

OriginalJax wrote:Two books by Steven L. Kent - the second one is hard to get hold of as it's out of print, and used copies are $75+ US for a shabby copy. If you see a copy, snaffle it, as the price will only go up (as if you'd sell it ;))
By the way, Steve Kent's two books are the same book. The First Quarter came out first and was self-published by Steve. Then Prima Publishing bought it and updated it and changed the name to The Ultimate History of Video Games.

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Post by Mayhem » Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:37 pm

rolenta wrote:* Confessions of the Game Doctor by Bill Kunkel, co-founder of the world's first videogame magazine - electronic Games
Btw I believe Computer and Video Games (C&VG) in the UK actually came out a week or two before Electronic Games. I know there's always been a dispute about it though. Wikipedia agrees with me at least.
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Post by Randall Flagg » Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:23 pm

OMG. I don't believe it. I just started a thread in the all about games section on retro game / platform books....... Bizarre rating of like 9.5??

Anyway, will repeat myself.

Tip Top book. Complete history of computers in the home including the most popular consoles.

Includes really geeky unknown specs on each platform (which Darren quite rightly pointed out have no place in RG!! :wink: )

Am half way through and while short on words, has excellent pictures of pretty much all retro platforms.

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Post by rolenta » Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:22 pm

Mayhem wrote:
rolenta wrote:* Confessions of the Game Doctor by Bill Kunkel, co-founder of the world's first videogame magazine - electronic Games
Btw I believe Computer and Video Games (C&VG) in the UK actually came out a week or two before Electronic Games. I know there's always been a dispute about it though. Wikipedia agrees with me at least.
I wrote to Bill about this and this is what he replied:

"You know, I never even heard of this C&VG until a few years ago when I believe the guys from Gamer.TV (the excellent game station from Britain that runs stuff here on Bravo and G4 now and then) mentioned it, saying that it had appeared on newsstands a couple of week after EG #1 and how close it came to being the first.

EG #1 hit newsstands in NYC in October of 1981, no question in my mind on that, but it was the Winter 81 issue because we expected it to be on sale for at least three months, possibly as many as 4-5 months and it was actually on newsstands until January, I think. Issue #2 is cover dated March '82 at which point the magazines finally had a bi-monthly schedule (the cover date on the 3rd issue is May '82) and went monthly with #4 (June '82). The whole point was to get the first issue out in October because we felt our best shot was to hit as much of the holiday shopping season as possible.

This whole "first" thing is a ball of confusion anyway. Now reviewers are crediting me with "inventing" game journalism. Well, you take journalism and you make it about games. Duh. "Invent" it? Also, I believe CGW (at least as a glorified fanzine) was reviewing computer games before we were and EG was NEVER just a videogame magazines anyway.

So I'd be willing to call it a tie, because I have no way of knowing or validating when this C&VG first appeared on London newsstands, and I don't think anyone else does, either, any more than I can prove that EG first appeared in October '81, though I'm certain it did.

Besides, TIME Magazine says we were first and I think I'll go along with them for once on this "issue". ;)"

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Post by Mayhem » Sat Mar 18, 2006 5:38 pm

Indeed, why I said there's always been a dispute about it because I believe no one actually really knows. Unless somehow we're able to go back in time.

Magazines here were well known for putting the date of when the next issue was out, so if issue #1 of C&VG actually had that (doubtful back then though but you never know) it might be possible to work that one out at least...
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Post by Siminz » Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:24 am

Great coffee table book - lots of Pictures - hardly any words.

"I Love Games Graphics"

Its from Japan so you get a lot of Nes and Sega type stuff.

heres the incredibly long amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/988970 ... e&n=283155

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Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Mon Mar 20, 2006 5:07 am

I've got the new Oli Frey book, it's bloody lovely :D
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Post by Morkin » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:01 am

Ooh, you lucky sod ! :o On the Thalamus site it's still showing 7th April as the release date.

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Post by Spiff » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:30 am

Worth the wait, tho.

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Post by OriginalJax » Mon Mar 20, 2006 12:52 pm

rolenta wrote: By the way, Steve Kent's two books are the same book. The First Quarter came out first and was self-published by Steve. Then Prima Publishing bought it and updated it and changed the name to The Ultimate History of Video Games.
Aha... I never realized that - there are some differences, but I did wonder how one guy could sell more-or-less the same book (less a couple of years advances and some corrections) two times over ;)

Cheers for the heads-up!

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