Contest: Come up with the perfect title for my book!

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As many of you know, for the past what, two years+ now, I've been working on a book to be published by No Starch Press and distributed by O'Reilly online and at bookstores everywhere in October 2007 (tentative, but looks likely). One of the issues I and my co-author, Matt Barton, have been struggling with with the publisher has been titling this potential opus.

Matt and I have come up with a few dozen bad to very, very good names, ranging from the pedestrian to the very clever. Nevertheless, none have resonated with the publisher for whatever reason, and in turn, their one choice did not resonate with me. So, here's what I propose - a contest!

With the idea that there are no guarantees that any of the parties involved will accept a name (meaning there may not be a winner at all) that they don't end up choosing themselves (I'm particularly referring to the publisher here, since they have final say), I'd like to hear your best ideas for a title for the book. If one of the titles that gets submitted is picked, I'll give you a one-of-a-kind custom autographed copy of the book (you tell me what you'd like me to write in it - within reason and at my own discretion of course), plus give you full credit (a big thanks!) in the acknowledgments. Interested? Just write your specific ideas in the comments below this blog post here on Armchair Arcade. I'll compile them all for the publisher. There's no specific deadline, but we'll probably be finalizing the title in the next few weeks or so. I'll post when a title has been chosen.

Here is a boring title for what the book is about to give you the foundation to form an idea to wow us all with: "Videogames and Computers Come Home: The First 15 Years". Boring, but accurate. The book covers the US home videogame and computer industry (with a games-based focus) from 1972 - 1987. We look at 40+ videogame consoles and computers in great individual detail (essentially each of those systems has its own chapter) and talk about a lot of other things in other sections. Bonus points from my perspective if the domain name is also not taken. Finally, I'd give you the plethora of names that have thus far been rejected, but I don't want to influence the potential power of the collective mind any further. If you have specific questions about the book's content or anything else related, just ask. Thanks and fingers crossed we'll get a winner!

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Bill Loguidice
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Some more ideas: Gamer's

Some more ideas:
Gamer's Odyssey
Odyssey to Apple
Apples to Odyssey
Videogame Odyssey: A Look Back
The Videogame 15: Home Consoles and Computers are Born
The Birth of Home Videogames
Genesis of Gaming: Consoles and Computers
Gaming's Rise: Consoles and Computers

From Minna at Grrlgamer.com:
Vintage Computer and Console Gaming

The thread at HWHQ

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adamantyr
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Title Ideas

The TI-99/4a has a chapter, right? It better! :)

I think a short and simple but memorable main title is needed, to catch someone's eye in a bookstore. Some main title ideas:

Pixels & Pioneers
Electronic Empires
The Rise of Pong

I'd use a subtitle to cover the details, something like:

15 years of video game history
A guide to video game history, 1972-1987

Bill Loguidice
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TI-994/a - You're In
adamantyr wrote:

The TI-99/4a has a chapter, right? It better! :)

I don't want to fill this up with the complete list, as it's a long list, but yes, of course the TI-99/4a has its own chapter. As a favorite quirky system of mine, I couldn't dream of leaving it out (not to mention the fact that I include EVERY system worth mentioning in detail, even very, very obscure ones). I decided against giving the TI-99/4 its own section, so it's incorporated as part of the introduction to the TI-99/4a. I also briefly mention the prototype super 8-bit (yeah, all the TI-9's were 16-bit, but I still think of it in that class) TI-99/8 and if I recall correctly, even the CC-40 and TI Professional in passing. That was one of the sections that Matt originally did, actually, I just fleshed it out.

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Cecil Casey
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Title / Series idea.

This may involve to much legal mumbo jumbo to try, but it would be fun.

Title: History of the Videogame World: Part 1.
Subtitle: From the dawn of dots to the Disk Age.

Then for the cover spoof the posters from Mel Brooks History of the world part 1.
http://www.impawards.com/1981/history_of_the_world_part_i.html

-Cecil

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joe jet (not verified)
If another civilization unearthed your basement

Revelations of the Video Game Archaeologist
- the unearthing Gaming treasures 1972-1987

Video Game Archaeology
- the unearthing of Gaming treasures 1972-1987

Reflections of the Video Game Archaeologist
- Reliving the Golden Years of Gaming 1972-1987

Matt Barton
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Videogame 15

I like that title. Maybe we could tie it in to the "Wonder Years..." Videogame 15: The Wonder Years of Computers and Consoles

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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
My stab at a title

Sweet 15: An Early Look at Video Games 1972-1987

larzini
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title

Not much of a variation, but how bout:

The Arcade Comes Home

If I feel something else, I'll be back.

Weefz
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Gaming The American Way: The

Gaming The American Way: The Birth of a Generation

OR some catchier variant thereof...

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Bill Loguidice
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From

From "ScrappyLaptop":

Invading the Living Room
(The origins of computer home entertainment)

With an ATARI Space Invader (tm) petroglyph on the cover, of course!
This title indicates the shift that has taken place over the last 25 years from television-only to computer-based entertainment and refers to one of the best known icons of the era.

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