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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Insert Game: The Birth of Home Videogames and Computers
Insert Game: (and some other subtitle)

Loading: Home Videogames and Computers

Start to Run: The Birth of Home Videogames and Computers
Run to Start: The Birth of Home Computers and Videogames

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RUNSTOP/RESTORE
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Start to Run: The Birth of Home Videogames and Computers
Run to Start: The Birth of Home Computers and Videogames

Hm....I bet it's been done, but I thought of a good based on these:

RUNSTOP/RESTORE: Rebooting 15 Years of Classic Videogames and Computers

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Another stab...
Matt Barton wrote:
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Start to Run: The Birth of Home Videogames and Computers
Run to Start: The Birth of Home Computers and Videogames

Hm....I bet it's been done, but I thought of a good based on these:

RUNSTOP/RESTORE: Rebooting 15 Years of Classic Videogames and Computers

I'm a bit partial to "Insert Game" at the moment, myself, since the book is focused solely on systems that accept interchangeable games (and it's in direct contrast to "Insert Coin", which would represent arcade games). I like the "Rebooting" concept for the subtitle. Maybe: Insert Game: Rebooting the first 15 Years of Home Videogames and Computers

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That works!
Bill Loguidice wrote:

I'm a bit partial to "Insert Game" at the moment, myself, since the book is focused solely on systems that accept interchangeable games (and it's in direct contrast to "Insert Coin", which would represent arcade games). I like the "Rebooting" concept for the subtitle. Maybe: Insert Game: Rebooting the first 15 Years of Home Videogames and Computers

That sounds great to me. The only thing is, for some reason every time I see "Insert Game" I mentally want to know WHERE, and perhaps I'm just perverted, but the location that comes to mind isn't the most pleasant. I guess something like "Plug and Play" has probably been done to death. Oh, well, maybe I'm just being weird. At any rate, it's a title I'd be more than happy with.

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Well, I guess we'll see,

Well, I guess we'll see, Matt. The publisher should have plenty of ideas to choose from in this thread. Let's hope we can get it narrowed down to at least a combination of words that can be reworked into the right title...

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Videogame Revolution: The Home Consoles and Computers that Started it all
Revolutionary Videogames: The Home Consoles and Computers that Started it all
The Videogame Revolution: Home Consoles and Computers in the Beginning

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