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A BRIEF HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES: FROM ATARI TO VIRTUAL REALITY

Richard Stanton



 

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.

 

PUBLICATION DETAILS

LANGUAGE

BINDING

EDITION

ISBN

YEAR

PAGES

English

Paperback

1st Edition

9780762456154

2015

288

English

Paperback

2nd Edition

9781472143815

2022

368

OTHER NAMES

  • A BRIEF HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES: THE VOLUTION OF A GLOBAL INDUSTRY

 

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Authors: #RichardStanton

Publishers: #Robinson (Robinson) #RunningPress (Running Press)

Languages: #English

Format: #Paperback

Accessibility: N/A

Year: #Year2015 #Year2022

Genres: #Arcade #EarlyYears #GeneralHistory


Companies:

#Activision (Activision)

#Ampex (Ampex)

#Apple (Apple)

#Atari (Atari)

#Bally (Bally)

#BioWare (BioWare)

#Blizzard (Blizzard Entertainment)

#Bungie (Bungie)

#Capcom (Capcom)

#Commodore (Commodore)

#EA (EA, Electronic Arts)

#Fairchild (Fairchild Semiconductor)

#KeeGames (Kee Games)

#Konami (Konami)

#LucasArts (LucasArts)

#Magnavox (Magnavox)

#Maxis (Maxis)

#MediaMolecule (Media Molecule)

#Midway (Midway)

#Namco (Namco)

#NaughtyDog (Naughty Dog)

#Nintendo (Nintendo)

#NuttingAssociates (Nutting Associates)

#Psygnosis (Psygnosis)

#Rare (Rare Ltd.)

#Rockstar (Rockstar)

#SandersAssociates (Sanders Associates)

#Sega (Sega)

#SquareEnix (Squaresoft, Square Enix)

#Taito (Taito)

#Ubisoft (Ubisoft)

#Valve (Valve)


Public Figures:

#AlAlcorn (Al Alcorn)

#AlanTuring (Alan Turing)

#BillHarrison (Bill Harrison)

#BillPitts (Bill Pitts)

#CliveSinclair (Clive Sinclair)

#DaveTheurer (Dave Theurer)

#GenyoTakeda (Genyo Takeda)

#GunpeiYokoi (Gunpei Yokoi)

#HayaoNakayama (Hayao Nakayama)

#HidekiKamiya (Hideki Kamiya)

#HiroshiYamauchi (Hiroshi Yamauchi)

#HowardScottWarshaw (Howard Scott Warshaw)

#JackTramiel (Jack Tramiel)

#JeffMinter (Jeff Minter)

#JerryLawson (Gerald "Jerry" Lawson)

#JohnCarmack (John Carmack)

#JohnRomero (John Romero)

#KenKutaragi (Ken Kutaragi)

#MinoruArakawa (Minoru Arakawa)

#NolanBushnell (Nolan Bushnell)

#RalphBaer (Ralph Baer)

#RayKassar (Ray Kassar)

#SatoruIwata (Satoru Iwata)

#ShigeruMiyamoto (Shigeru Miyamoto)

#SteveBristow (Steve Bristow)

#SteveWozniak (Steve Wozniak)

#TakashiTezuka (Takashi Tezuka)

#TedDabney (Ted Dabney)

#TedHase (Ted Hase)

#TomKalinske (Tom Kalinske)

#ToruIwatani (Toru Iwatani)

#WarrenRobinett (Warren Robinett)

#WilliamCrowther (William Crowther)

#WilliamHiginbotham (William Higinbotham)

#WillWright (Will Wright)

#YujiNaka (Yuji Naka)

#YuSuzuki (Yu Suzuki)


Games:

#AceAttorney (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney)

#Adventure (Adventure)

#Alien (Alien: Isolation, Alien vs. Predator)

#AlteredBeast (Altered Beast)

#AngryBirds (Angry Birds)

#AnimalCrossing (Animal Crossing series)

#Battlezone (Battlezone)

#Bayonetta (Bayonetta 2)

#Bioshock (Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite)

#BoomBeach (Boom Beach)

#BrainTraining (Dr. Kawashima Brain Training)

#Breakout (Breakout)

#BubbleBobble (Bubble Bobble)

#CallOfDuty (Call of Duty series)

#Castlevania (Castlevania series)

#Centipede (Centipede)

#ChuckieEgg (Chuckie Egg)

#ClashOfClans (Clash of Clans)

#ComixZone (Comix Zone)

#ComputerSpace (Computer Space)

#CrashBandicoot (Crash Bandicoot)

#CrazyTaxi (Crazy Taxi)

#DarkSouls (Dark Souls, Dark Souls II, Demon's Souls)

#Defender (Defender)

#DeusEx (Deus Ex series)

#DeusExMachina (Deus Ex Machina)

#DonkeyKong (Donkey Kong)

#Doom (Doom series)

#DOTA (DOTA 2)

#DragonQuest (Dragon Quest series)

#DragonsLair (Dragon's Lair)

#ET (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial)

#EVEOnline (EVE Online)

#Everquest (Everquest)

#Fallout (Fallout 3) #FinalFantasy (Final Fantasy series)

#FireEmblem (Fire Emblem)

#Frogger (Frogger)

#FZero (F-Zero)

#Galaxian (Galaxian)

#GalaxyGame (Galaxy Game)

#GearsOfWar (Gears of War)

#GeometryWars (Geometry Wars)

#GhostsNGoblins (Ghosts N' Goblins)

#GodHand (God Hand)

#GodOfWar (God of War series)

#GoldenAxe (Golden Axe)

#GoneHome (Gone Home)

#Gradius (Gradius)

#GrandTheftAuto (Grand Theft Auto series)

#GranTrack10 (Gran Trak 10)

#GranTurismo (Gran Turismo)

#Gridrunner (Gridrunner)

#GuardianHeroes (Guardian Heroes)

#GuitarHero (Guitar Hero series)

#Habitat (Habitat)

#HalfLife (#HalfLife [Half-Life Series], #CounterStrike [Counter-Strike series])

#HalfMinuteHero (Half-Minute Hero)

#Halo (Halo series)

#Hearthstone (Hearthstone)

#Ico (Ico)

#JamesBond (GoldenEye 007)

#JetSetRadio (Jet Set Radio)

#LeagueOfLegends (League of Legends)

#Left4Dead (Left 4 Dead)

#LegacyOfKain (Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver)

#LittleBigPlanet (Little Big Planet)

#LittleComputerPeople (Little Computer People [House on a Disk])

#Lumines (Lumines series)

#Manhunt (Manhunt)

#MassEffect (Mass Effect trilogy)

#Mario (Mario series, #LuigisMansion [Luigi's Mansion], #MarioKart [Mario Kart series], #MarioAndLuigi [Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga], #WarioWare [WarioWare series])

#MazeWar (Maze War)

#MedalOfHonor (Medal of Honor)

#MegamiTensei (Shin Megami Tensei series)

#Meridian59 (Meridian 59)

#MetalGear (Metal Gear Solid series)

#Metroid (Metroid series)

#Minecraft (Minecraft)

#MinerWilly (Manic Miner, Jet Set Willey)

#Miner2049er (Miner 2049er)

#MirrorsEdge (Mirror's Edge)

#MissileCommand (Missile Command)

#MonsterHunter (Monster Hunter series)

#MortalKombat (Mortal Kombat)

#Mother (#Earthbound [Earthbound])

#MotorToonGrandPrix (Motor Toon Grad Prix)

#MouseInAMaze (Mouse In A Maze)

#MULE (M.U.L.E.)

#Myst (Myst)

#NiGHTS (NiGHTS Into Dreams)

#NightTrap (Night Trap)

#Nintendogs (Nintendogs)

#Oddworld (Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee)

#Okami (Okami)

#Outrun (Outrun)

#PacMan (Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man)

#PhantasyStar (Phantasy Star series)

#Pilotwings (PIlotwings)

#Pitfall (Pitfall!)

#Pokémon (Pokémon series)

#Pong (Pong)

#Popeye (Popeye)

#Portal (Portal, Portal 2)

#ProjectGothamRacing (Project Gotham Racing)

#Quake (Quake series)

#RadarScope (Radar Scope)

#Rebelstar (Rebelstar)

#ResidentEvil (Resident Evil series)

#RidgeRacer (Ridge Racer)

#RiverRaid (River Raid)

#RockBand (Rock Band)

#SakuraWars (Sakura Wars)

#SewerShark (Sewer SHark)

#ShadowOfTheColossus (Shadow of the Colossus)

#Shenmue (Shenmue)

#Singstar (Singstar)

#SkoolDaze (Skool Daze)

#Snake (Snake)

#Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog series)

#SpaceChannel5 (Space Channel 5)

#SpaceHarrier (Space Harrier)

#SpaceInvaders (Space Invaders)

#SpaceStationSiliconValley (Space Station Silicon Valley)

#Spacewar (Spacewar!)

#Spelunky (Spelunky)

#StarCraft (StarCraft)

#StarFox (Star Fox series)

#StarRaiders (Star Raiders)

#StreetFighter (Street Fighter series)

#StreetsOfRage (Streets of Rage)

#SuperHexagon (Super Hexagon)

#SuperMeatBoy (Super Meat Boy)

#SuperMonkeyBall (Super Monkey Ball)

#SystemShock (System Shock, System Shock 2)

#TeamFortress (Team Fortress Classic, Team Fortress 2)

#Tekken (Tekken series)

#Tempest (Tempest, Tempest 2000)

#Tennis (Tennis)

#TennisForTwo (Tennis For Two)

#Tetris (Tetris)

#TheElderScrolls (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim)

#TheLastOfUs (The Last of Us)

#TheOregonTrail (The Oregon Trail)

#TheSims (The Sims)

#Thief (Thief series)

#Timesplitters (Timesplitters series)

#ToeJamAndEarl (ToeJam & Earl series)

#TombRaider (Tomb Raider series)

#TheWorldEndsWithYou (The World Ends With You)

#Ultima (Ultima series)

#Uncharted (Uncharted series)

#ViewtifulJoe (Viewtiful Joe)

#VirtuaFighter (Virtua Fighter)

#VirtuaTennis (Virtua Tennis)

#Warcraft (World of Warcraft)

#WaveRace (Wave Race)

#WiiFit (Wii Fit)

#WiiMusic (Wii Music)

#WiiPlay (Wii Play)

#WiiSports (Wii Sports)

#Wipeout (Wipeout)

#Wolfenstein (Wolfenstein 3D)

#WonderBoy (Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap)

#WorldOfGoo (World of Goo)

#WurmOnline (Wurm Online)

#YarsRevenge (Yars' Revenge)

#Zelda (The Legend of Zelda series)


Misc:

#3DO (Panasonic 3DO Interactive Multiplayer)

#AppleII (Apple II)

#Atari2600 (Atari 2600 [Atari VCS])

#AtariJaguar (Atari Jaguar)

#AtariLynx (Atari Lynx)

#C64 (C64 [Commodore 64])

#C128 (C128 [Commodore 128])

#CommodorePET (Commodore PET)

#CommodoreVIC20 (Commodore VIC-20)

#Dreamcast (Sega Dreamcast)

#FairchildChannelF (Fairchild Channel F)

#GameBoy (Nintendo Game Boy, Game Boy Advance)

#GameCube (Nintendo GameCube)

#MegaDrive (Sega Mega Drive, Sega Genesis)

#N64 (N64, Nintendo 64)

#NES (NES, Nintendo Entertainment System, Famicom, Famicom Disk System)

#Odyssey (Magnavox Odyssey)

#PlayStation (PS1, PS2 [PlayStation 2], PS3 [PlayStation 3], PS4 [PlayStation 4], PSP, PSVita)

#SegaCD (Sega CD)

#SegaSaturn (Sega Saturn)

#SNES (SNES, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Famicom)

#Xbox (Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Live)

#ZXSpectrum (Sinclair ZX Spectrum, ZX80, ZX81)

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