Praise for Vintage Games Book

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Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time (2009), by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton, through Focal Press. Vintage Games, available from retailers worldwide, is a full color, illustrated book, that explores the most influential videogames of all time, including Super Mario Bros., Grand Theft Auto III, Doom, The Sims, and many more.

Here's more of the buzz about Vintage Games:

"They say you can’t go back again, but reading Vintage Games comes close. Open the book, and I’m back in the video arcades of my youth. Turn the page, and I’m in college again, discovering the secret joys of the early PC games. Turn the page again, and I’m back in my living room, playing Mario with my young kids. But Vintage Games is more than just a trip down memory lane, because the authors analyze each game in ways that bring fresh insights to those nostalgic memories." Steve Meretzky, Veteran Game Designer

 

 "An interesting and insightful trip down a gamer's memory lane, focusing on titles that have become benchmarks in videogame history." Didi Cardoso, Managing Editor, Grrlgamer.com

 

 "The video game industry has a poor track record when it comes to preserving its history. Fortunately, scholars and enthusiasts have stepped in to fill the void, and Vintage Games is an essential contribution to this effort. Loguidice and Barton are to be commended for documenting the history of gaming's greatest landmarks." Michael Abbott, The Brainy Gamer Blog and Podcast and Professor of Theater and Film Studies, Wabash College

 

"Loguidice and Barton prove that excellent research and technical accuracy can make for delightfully easy and fun reading. Vintage Games takes us through gaming's evolution one exemplary game at a time. Charting the history of dance and music games with the first Dance Dance Revolution; Roberta Williams' game design work as it leads up to King's Quest and King's Quest’s place within the history of adventure gaming and even within Sierra's game guide market; and the place of many other games as articulated within the overall gaming history.

While some of these titles won't seem old enough to be ‘vintage’ to seasoned players, these games are like good wine – their vintage is one of quality as it relates to a particular place in history. Not only are the games featured in Vintage Games historically important for the qualities they possess, so too is writing like that by Loguidice and Barton. The pair has written extensively on games and gaming history, most notably for Armchair Arcade, and their writing time and again shows that quality writing crosses normal boundaries, engaging scholars, fans, and even casual readers." Laurie N. Taylor, Digital Library Center, University of Florida

 

"While calling games from the last two decades of the twentieth century ‘vintage’ might not sit well with thirty-something gamers, in so doing Barton and Loguidice remind us (through superb detail and smart, conversational prose) of the enormously rich history that games have already enjoyed and the rapidity with which they have reached the very core of popular culture.

Barton and Loguidice will please scholars with their comprehensive research and excellent detail, but Vintage Games doesn't feel ‘researched’: the authors’ love of the games is also clearly apparent. And that makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read."

The book is smart and fun – much like the games it addresses." Dr. Matthew S. S. Johnson, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

 

"A deftly written register spotlighting some of the most influential video games in history that makes you feel more like you're reading for pleasure and not research.

Historical significance of video gaming has never been as much fun of a read than with Vintage Games. The authors have put together a fascinating book that oozes not just numbers and dates, but a real intellectual passion for the industry.

Books of this nature tend to be dry or droll, yet Vintage Games produces the goods in a manner that keeps you turning the pages for more information and insight to this billion-dollar a year industry.

Understanding the milestones of video gaming is important to the future success of the industry. Current game developers and publishers could learn a lot by reading Vintage Games.

A must read for anyone even remotely interested in video gaming history - from the hardcore to the casual. A book that anyone that has ever held a joystick would enjoy.

Don't let the term 'vintage' in the title keep you from reading this book. The foundations of most modern games are discussed here and gamers from all walks of life will find incredibly useful and engaging information within the pages of this book.

Intelligent and thoughtfully written by authors with an obvious passion for video gaming, Vintage Gaming is a book no true gamer will want to miss out on.

I've seen dozens of video gaming books over the years, but rarely do you find one that is almost as fun to read as the games they talk about. Historically accurate, written with an obvious passion that never leaves the reader feeling left out or belittled. Vintage Games is highly recommended to my listeners.

An intelligent, deftly written book by two authors with a passion for my favorite industry? Sounds too good to be true - but Vintage Games delivers some of the best prose on historically significant video gaming I've seen.

Knowing the authors and their passion for the subject was only the icing on the video gaming cake that was delivered to my door under the guise of Vintage Gaming. A tasty treat for anyone with a sweet tooth for classic gaming or anyone with a historical interest in the field. I enjoyed every single 'byte'." Shane R. Monroe, RetroGaming Radio and Monroeworld.com

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Bill Loguidice
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Second Official Review Posted

Slashdot posted the second formal review for "Vintage Games", and gave it a very high 8/10. Check it out here.

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Gamer's Intuition posted the first formal review for "Vintage Games", and it's a positive one. Check it out here.

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I don't want to toot our own

I don't want to toot our own horns here, but I think you'd be hard pressed to have a legitimate complaint about this book. It's thorough, well illustrated, carefully edited...I really expect this to be a blast for you guys. My worst regret was that a bunch of chapters aren't in the book, but that was reversed when Gamasutra decided to run all those chapters instead. That's great, because it'll make it easy for us to promote the book and keep it in the public eye.

Even though Bill and I may have friendly disagreements, our collaboration was great on this book, and IMHO our skills complemented each other's beautifully. I consider Bill the world's foremost expert on game hardware and a renowned collector of ALL genres, whereas I'm a writing specialist with a background in computer gaming, role-playing, and adventure. Everything came together--actually, we were stunned that we were able to do so much in so little time! Even Bill's wife got into the act! I just hope that the efforts pay off. I can't *wait* for you guys to get your copies and let us know what you think of this teamwork.

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