The Second "New Book Being Published" Announcement!

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I have great news! The now infamous book on the first 15 years of US home videogames and computers - what I believe will be the most comprehensive work of its kind ever created - has finally found a new publisher. Matt and I are very excited to be working with Andrew Rollings and Hiive Books, well known for The Commodore 64 Book - 1982 to 199x and The ZX Spectrum Book - 1982 to 199x. We're confident Andrew and Hiive will give the material the layout/design and distribution that this deserves. We'll begin work on the book again in late August of this year, after we finish off the previously mentioned book for Focal/Elsevier. As always, we'll keep you posted on the status of this and other exciting projects. By the way, thanks to AA member Harmik for the heads-up on reaching out to Hiive!


Matt Barton
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Does anyone have any special

Does anyone have any special stories about Dune II they'd like to share?

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WOW. This is great

Wow, it is very interesting to read :) I want to read it. It was always interesting for me how old games was builded. them have first of all good idea, not as modern games where first of all - graphic design...

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Joined: 12/26/2006
hmm I see Jerry Ellis has a

hmm I see Jerry Ellis has a new book out in june, The 8-Bit Book – 1981 to 199x covers over two hundred of the best computer games of the 8-bit era...

with 200 best 8bit games, I wonder how much overlap there is with the best 200 c64 games and best 200 speccy games...

"BBC Micro, Apple II, Atari 400/800, Oric 1/Atmos, Dragon 32, TRS-80, VIC-20, ZX81, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 128, Acorn Electron, Commodore 16/Plus/4, TI99/4A and MSX efforts"

hmmm c64/plus4 games didnt exactly light up the world, nor did vic20 or the CPC.. and games that did appear on things like BBC Micro (elite) appeared better elsewhere...

Some of the titles appear to have chosen random platforms (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 (BBC Micro) ... 1985)... its just a level 9 text adventure running on ACode, so any machine with an acode interpreter.... why pick bbc?

tho I have not heard of the SAM Coupe machine, and that seems pretty interesting..

some interesting game titles in the list in the developer diary...

-- Stu --

Bill Loguidice
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Joined: 12/31/1969
We may very well end up

We may very well end up working with Hiive for "Retrogaming" someday, but that someday is probably very far off.

Bill Loguidice, Managing Director | Armchair Arcade, Inc.

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Just to clarify for

Just to clarify for newbies:
The ZX Spectrum Book - 1982 to 199x is a full colour, 256 page book chronicling over 230 games and spanning a decade of ZX Spectrum software... This exhaustively researched book provides a unique insight into the history of the companies and characters behind some of the best (and worst) games of the ZX Spectrum years...
Each full colour page covers a single game, detailing the history, gameplay, graphics, and review scores from the three major magazines (Crash, Your Sinclair, and Sinclair User)... Foreword written by Sir Clive Sinclair, the genius behind the ZX Spectrum! Essential for Spectrum fans! Andrew Rollings, the author, is also preparing a Commodore 64 version.

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