From Babylonian board games to Super Mario Brothers - a colorful history of games and their players...
This book puts the lie to the notion that gameplaying is the trivial pursuit of old maids and poker-faced stay-at-homes. As games expert Matthew Costello demonstrates in this richly illustrated book, games have perennially captured the hearts and minds of monarchs, prelates, and commoners alike.
From the legendary games of the Pharaohs to Nintendo, from Chaturanga (the ancestor of Chess) to CD-I (compact disk-interactive), and even war and survival games, The Greatest Games of All Time tells the inside story of the games people have played throughout history.
And just as fascinating as the games themselves are the stories of their inventors and players - from people like Elizabeth Magie, the political propagandist who helped to create Monopoly, and James Barber, the "fiendish" eccentric who turned his suburban lawn into the first miniature golf course, to Sid Sackson, America's games master emeritus, who has created over 500 games
More than 80 illustrations - including dozens of games and puzzles, both ancient and modern, that readers can play
Includes a buyer's guide section directing readers to the best games for every price range
Profiles of game designers around the world, including their predictions on the hi-tech future of games.
From a videogame perspective, this book has a dedicated chapter to the basic history of games; starting with Magnavox Odyssey, moving into Atari, Nintendo, Sega, NEC (TurboGrafx-16), PC, CD-i, and finishes off with Sierra On-Line's portfolio of games - with a page and some images dedicated entirely to Battletech. It also has a high-level price guide at the back, with a 1-sentence write-up for 3-5 games from each console, and 2 pages worth of games for PC.
ENGLISH (HARDCOVER) ISBN: 9780471529753 Year: 1995 Pages: 224