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Videogaming : Pocket Essentials : Games - Helen Flatley


Pocket Essentials : Games

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The Pocket Essentials Series is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more.

Sonic, Mario, PlayStation - these terms are now part of the cultural lexicon. It isn't uncommon to find a video game console lurking under televisions, but at the same time, this newly emerged media has come under attack by those looking to find a cause for society's ills.

Part rock 'n' roll, part multi-billion dollar industry, videogaming is the fastest growing media in modern culture. This Pocket Essential contains a complete history of videogames; cultural essays on branding, popular culture, violence, and female gamers; and reviews of over 120 of the most important videogames of the past 30 years.

Introductionp. 7
Historyp. 8
The Origins (Pre-1972)p. 8
'The Golden Age' (1972-81)p. 11
Game Over? (1982-84)p. 15
Extra Life (1985-88)p. 19
The 16-Bit War (1989-94)p. 23
The PlayStation Age (1995-99)p. 30
The Connected Age (2000-Present)p. 36
Gamesp. 42
Arcade Ancestorsp. 42
Platformersp. 45
Action Adventurep. 48
Adventurep. 50
Role Playing Games (RPGs)p. 53
First Person Shooterp. 56
Strategy Gamesp. 59
God Gamesp. 61
Flight Simp. 63
Drivingp. 66
Sportp. 68
Beat 'Em Upsp. 71
Music/Rhythm Action Gamesp. 73
Puzzle Gamesp. 75
Culturep. 77
Games In Popular Culturep. 77
Branding Versus Gameplayp. 81
Joystick Envy: Women In Gamingp. 85
Killer Instinct: Violence In Gamingp. 89
Resourcesp. 93
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ISBN: 9781904048206
ISBN-10: 190404820X
Series: Pocket Essentials
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 4th January 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.059