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Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games: From Atari to Zelda

Mike Diver



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Michael OMara
01 December 2019
Science fiction; History of engineering & technology; Epic Fantasy; Media Reference; Other Film, TV & Media; Science Fiction; Fantasy; Horror; Game Worlds
Take a trip down memory lane with Retro Gaming, and relive the glory days (and not so glory days) of your old favourites. Packed with all the characters, games, consoles and franchises that you used to love (and possibly still do), this is a compact, conversational compendium of all-time highs - alongside just a handful of humorous (in hindsight) lows - from over forty years of arcade, computer, console and handheld hits.

From Atari's early arcade classics and home games consoles of the 1970s, through to classics that keep on giving, such as Halo and Tomb Raider, this book summarises the significant releases, research and revolutions that have made video games a GBP100 billion (and rising) industry. Evergreen favourites from Nintendo, SEGA and Sony are present and correct - no collection would be complete without entries for Mario and Sonic, Tetris and Crash Bandicoot. But we also give credit to the less-celebrated but utterly vital titles, characters, controllers and systems that have helped the world of gaming expand and evolve. A guide, a companion and a window onto a joyous past, Retro Gaming is a perfect book to dip in and out of, as mood and your current gaming habits dictate.
By:   Mike Diver
Imprint:   Michael OMara
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 19mm
ISBN:   9781912785100
ISBN 10:   1912785102
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   01 December 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mike Diver is a British music and video game journalist, and is the author of Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming. He has edited Clash magazine's website, contributed to several magazines including NME and Kerrang!, and appeared on radio shows for the BBC and Xfm. Mike writes his own blog, From Sinking. He has also written a number of video games-related articles for magazines Drowned in Sound, Vice and Edge.

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