A History of Videogames

A History of Videogames : in 14 Consoles, 5 Computers, 2 Arcade Cabinets... and an Ocarina of Time

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Forget about bits and bytes, data and code and see the world of videogames through the most unique, important and sometimes downright ordinary stuff on the planet. From the humble audio cassette to out-of-this-world virtual reality, this is the story of videogames - told through objects!

The curators of the UK's award-winning National Videogame Arcade take you on a journey through joysticks and microchips, Game Boys and cuddly toys, guitars, drums and Ocarinas as they tell the story of how videogames are made, played and loved.

Whatever your interest in gaming - casual Pokemon player, GTA expert, medal-winning FIFA champion of anything in-between - this is the book for you.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 185 x 237 x 22.86mm | 821g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 220 clr and b&w photos and illus
  • 1787390640
  • 9781787390645
  • 334,260

Table of contents

Before the Dream: Pre-1980s * Game on: 1980s * Back to the Future: 1990s * Super Computers: 2000s * What is Real?: 2010s-present.
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About Iain Simons

Iain Simons is the Director of the National Videogame Arcade (NVA), which he co-founded in 2015. As well as leading curatorial and interpretive development at the NVA, he speaks and writes about videogame culture internationally for a wide variety of audiences, and has written for both the popular and academic press as well as several books.

James Newman is Professor of Digital Media at Bath Spa University. He is the author of numerous books on videogames and game culture, including Videogames, Playing with Videogames, 100 Videogames (with Iain Simons) and Teaching Videogames. James has written for the Independent and Edge, spoken about game culture on TV and radio (Front Row, BBC Radio 4; Games Britannia, BBC4), and has given public talks, lectures and workshops at the Barbican, British Library and MediaCity.

Ian Livingstone, CBE, co-founded the iconic games company Games Workshop in 1975, launching Dungeons & Dragons in Europe, and coauthored the multi-million-selling Fighting Fantasy gamebook series. When serving as Executive Editor at Eidos he launched global videogames franchises including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. His current roles include Chairman at Sumo-Digital, Chairman at Flavourworks, Chairman at Midoki and Vice Chair of UKIE. He was the recipient of a BAFTA Special Award in 2002 for his services to the videogames industry and was made a CBE in 2013.
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