An Illustrated History of 151 Video Games: A detailed guide to the most important games; explores five decades of game evolution

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Charts the evolution of videogames through 151 most influential titles, with 500 photographs and screenshots.

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An Illustrated History of 151 Video Games: A detailed guide to the most important games; explores five decades of game evolution

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  1. Parka says:
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    Wonderful book on the evolution of video games, July 19, 2014
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    This is a wonderful book that looks at the evolution of video games over the last few decades.

    I can sense the nostalgia when reading about the games that I used to play, and the consoles that I owned. This book covers in chronological order, selected video games and the consoles that were released since the early 1970s. The first game in the book is Computer Space, something I’ve never heard of, and there are many other games I don’t know of that are also in the book, and I think it’s great.

    As with books that talk about video games, and list them, the criteria for inclusion is not going to please everyone. I feel that the 151 video games included are quite well chosen. There are a few games which I thought should be in but are not, but it’s not a big deal. Overall, there’s a huge variety of games included which makes for an interesting read.

    The text about the history of each game and console is informative. It’s obvious they are properly researched and hence quite insightful. Author Simon Parkin has done a great job with the book.

    The last game featured is from April 2012 so this book doesn’t have anything on the PlayStation 4 and XBox One. Again, not a big deal, but it would be great if this book could be updated in the future.

    Another thing I like about the book is, they included information on where you can play all the games, even the very old ones. They could be on the web, PSN, emulators or somewhere else, and all that is included in the book.

    Highly recommended to all who are interested in video games.

    (See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)

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  2. L. Figueroa says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    Great write up and pictures/images of video games, February 16, 2014
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    This is a great table top book on video games we all played or should have played. I love the fact that many of the classic games have a web url to play online. In addition, the book covers the general video game history and the consoles that competed for our hearts and dollars. The book is partitioned into the decades starting at the 1970’s into the 2000’s. It is an enjoyable book and have decided to try to check out each and every game it features. This is well worth the price for any true video game fan!

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  3. J. Hurley says:
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    Good But Has Critical Omissions & Misinformation, September 24, 2014
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    J. Hurley (Midwest) –

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    Introduction:

    This book is pretty good. I grew up in the 80s since I was born in 1981. Video games have always played a role in my life but mainly up through my early 20s. I still own and play the latest games (Xbox One) but real life gives me little time. Despite this, I love to keep up with some video game news, subscribe to magazines, etc. These activities have waned considerably in the last couple of years but nonetheless I love video game history and a book like this is right up my alley. I will take my time reading it in small 5-20 minute sessions (I won’t go into any more detail than that) and there’s a ton of information to read. A lot I will likely skip so let me get to my review to explain why and what I like.

    What I Love:

    1) I love the pages dedicated to just about every console. They give backstories on development, provide images and even factoids on the pages. It’s all great stuff but could be done better so I’ll get into that down below where I discuss shortcomings.

    2) I love all of the great, high quality art, graphics and screenshots. The page designs and layouts are awesome. I wouldn’t have bought it if it was more or less a bunch of text; I’m a sucker for pictures!

    3) I love the in-depth reviews and information on the popular and meaningful games at the time. I know the backstory on a lot of this but there’s certainly a lot of developmental details I did not.

    4) I love the history of everything in the book. It’s much more of a history and fact-heavy type of a book than a memory or just review of what certain game consoles or games are like. I prefer this approach so the book is great in that regard!

    What I Dislike:

    1) I dislike the way they laid out the format for how they talk about different topics. Let me explain– The consoles and console pages are more or less in chronological order which is cool but the games throughout the book are more or less as well and they’re mixed-in all over the place with the consoles. You can go from the next console’s page(s) of, let’s say, the NES or aka Famicom. The next few pages could very well be game pages for games on the Atari or SMS. In other words, all game pages are strewn about. I’d much rather they took one of two approaches here: I’d much prefer for the games for NES to be discussed immediately following the NES page, not anywhere else in the book and the games for Sega Genesis be after the Genesis page and not anywhere else. Or, alternatively, they could have discussed all consoles in their own pages in the first section of the book then all games in the second section or half of the book. Instead they took the worst of three approaches, in my opinion.

    2) I dislike that they don’t go into more detail on console add-ons and accessories. Especially the add-ons. For example, on the Atari Jaguar instead of having their own page and complete section on the Jaguar CD add-on they just have a sentence or two on it, a very small image with a little caption. That’s it. They do this for all other add-ons on all other consoles, too. Pretty disappointing, really.

    3) I dislike that they don’t give more detailed information and facts on all the consoles and games. I would like to see a little chart for all systems giving information on how many games were made, how many consoles were sold, when the date of the last game made was, complete release date information for consoles including each country, etc. You won’t find all of this, sadly.

    4) I’ve come across a few grammatical errors in word choice and sentence structure. Not a lot but there are certainly a few.

    5) There appears to be some false information. I’ve only read maybe 2% of the book (various pages, sections, etc. not just the first 2% of all pages). One example: For all games if there is a way to play it today they will tell you where and how. For their page on Maniac Mansion they state you can play it today on Xbox 360 Live Arcade. I immediately was sure this was wrong as I was a pretty big gamer on Xbox 360 and would have known about this as I keep up with retro news like that. I went ahead and searched on Google to see if it was true but my suspicions were confirmed– It is not available on Xbox Live Arcade and never was.

    For other games that may be on Xbox Live Arcade and mentioned by the book I found at least one that actually was available as they state on Xbox Live arcade but it was taken off the service way back in 2010. 2010, yes, and this book was published in 2014. It had been no longer available for years but this book still states you can get it from Xbox Live and play it on Xbox 360!

    Misinformation like this in books is a critical error. These are just two examples and I’ve only looked at that “Play Today” information for maybe 1% of all game pages in this book so I’m sure there’s plenty of other mistakes…

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