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A Brief History Of Video Games : From Atari to Virtual Reality - Rich Stanton

A Brief History Of Video Games

From Atari to Virtual Reality

Paperback Published: 9th July 2019
ISBN: 9781472143815
Number Of Pages: 368

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A fascinating exploration of the vibrant history and culture of video games

From the first wood-panelled Pong machines in California to the masterpieces of engineering that now sit in countless homes all over the world, A Brief History of Video Games reveals the vibrant history and culture of interactive entertainment.

Above all, this is a book about the games - how the experience of playing has developed from simple, repetitive beginnings into a cornucopia of genres and styles, at once utterly immersive and socially engaging. With full-colour illustrations throughout, it shows how technological advances have transformed the first dots and dashes of bored engineers into sophisticated, responsive worlds that are endlessly captivating.

As thrilling and surprising as the games it describes, this is an indispensable read for anyone serious about the business of having fun.

About the Author

Richard Stanton was born in 1982 and read English at Balliol College, Oxford. He was features editor on Edge magazine, and since then has written about video games for the Guardian, Polygon, the New Statesman, and many other publications. He lives in Bath, UK, and in his spare time saves worlds and plays chess.

Industry Reviews

Stanton writes with terrific verve and precision . . . his understanding of the seductive pleasures of gaming takes us right to its heart. - Times Literary Supplement

The best overview book of the industry that I've read. - io9

A Brief History of Video Games is an exceptional work that celebrates gaming without the obsequious flattery, a book that will engross anyone with even the faintest interest in the medium. It's unclear whether we'll be able to write a comprehensive history of the next forty years of games, but at least we've got the perfect history of the first. - Five Out of Ten

A Brief History of Video Games covers a lot of games and a lot of stories spanning many decades. It's well worth your time. - Polygon

ISBN: 9781472143815
ISBN-10: 1472143817
Series: Brief Histories
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 9th July 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 14.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1

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