Since its debut in 1994 as the first comprehensive book about videogame history, Phoenix has been regarded worldwide as the Bible of videogame history by professionals and fans alike. Now in its fourth edition, the text has been completely rewritten and updated to include videogame history through 2015. Illustrated with over 1000 b&w photos from Atari to Zeebo, Pong to PlayStation, and arranged chronologically, Phoenix remains the first place to start any study of gaming history.
Preview Edition - History through 1991. This stapled-binding was limited to 50 copies.
1st Edition - History through 1993. This book was limited to 1,000 copies.
2nd Edition - History through 1996. This edition was the first to include black & white photos. Foreword by Keith Feinstein.
3rd Edition - History through 2000. Foreword by Ralph Baer. The first four printings of this edition were in a large 8.5 x 11 format. The book went out of print in 2005 and was unavailable for several years because the publisher believed that the fourth edition was imminent. In October, 2009, it was apparent that the 4th edition wasn't going to be published any time soon, so a new printing of the 3rd edition was made available. The new printing was reduced to a 6x9 size, but otherwise contained the same text as the prior printings. The tenth and eleventh printings featured a new cover by Michael Thomasson and Cory Golabek.
4th Edition (Paperback) - History through 2015. Forewords by Ted Dabney and Chris Kohler. The cover is very similar to the one designed by Michael Thomasson and Cory Golabek that was used in the tenth and eleventh printings of the 3rd edition. Originally, this cover had been designed for the 4th edition, until No Starch Press said they weren't going to use it.
4th Edition (eBook) - This is an expanded version of the 4th edition that has corrected errors found in the B&W edition. These errors are listed on the Rolenta Press website. .
4th Edition (Hardcover) - This is an expanded version of the 4th edition that has corrected errors found in the B&W edition. These errors are listed on the Rolenta Press website. This edition also includes a separate chapter on 2016 and an index of illustrations.
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