Vintage Games Book - Now Available Worldwide!

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Our latest book, "Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time", is now available from retailers worldwide. "Vintage Games" is a full color, illustrated book, that explores the greatest and most influential videogames of all time, including Super Mario Bros., Grand Theft Auto III, Doom, The Sims, and many more. While each chapter's focus revolves around the game title in question, precursors, clones, sequels, gameplay and mechanics, and the genre itself are discussed, along with plenty of quotes, references and amazing full color photos.

The book is available from fine retailers everywhere, including Amazon.com. You can check out either Amazon.com or the book's main page for more information, which also contains a full table of contents, links to the online bonus chapters and images not found in the book. Not counting what's contained in the online bonus chapters, there are presently 123 bonus images (and captions) not available anywhere else!

Let us know in the comments of any "Vintage Games" sightings, particularly in regards to reviews. Thanks, everyone!

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Chris Kennedy
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Got mine in the mail on Tuesday!

I was hoping there would be a blog entry where I could throw down my "Vintage Games book haul" exclamation. So here it is! The book looks beautiful. I flipped through it a bit yesterday, but I got in really late last night. I will probably start reading it tonight.

Bill and Matt - Do you guys have any issues with me blogging on AA about any of the books content? I've thought about maybe sharing my thoughts after reading each chapter should I have some sort of follow-up thoughts.

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Glad you got it! I think

Glad you got it! I think reading your thoughts would be great, so definitely go for it.

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Tinyurl

You know, masking an Amazon affiliate code by using a tinyurl-link isn't particularly honest in the net.

And you don't really need a tinyurl as the page could be accessed with this medium-sized link:
http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Games-Insider-History-Influential/dp/02408...

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TinyURL - A tool, not a deceptor
Calibrator wrote:

You know, masking an Amazon affiliate code by using a tinyurl-link isn't particularly honest in the net.

And you don't really need a tinyurl as the page could be accessed with this medium-sized link:
http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Games-Insider-History-Influential/dp/02408...

take care,
Calibrator

I don't use the TinyURL to mask anything. It's very obvious it's an affiliate link since it says "ArmchairArcade" in it. It's to keep the size down. It's not forum friendly. In fact, when possible, we use the full URL.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but...
Bill Loguidice wrote:

It's very obvious it's an affiliate link since it says "ArmchairArcade" in it.

...with Firefow this isn't obvious: You only see "http://tinyurl.com/6dbno8".

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Bill Loguidice
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TinyURL and other URL shorteners
Calibrator wrote:
Bill Loguidice wrote:

It's very obvious it's an affiliate link since it says "ArmchairArcade" in it.

...with Firefow this isn't obvious: You only see "http://tinyurl.com/6dbno8".

take care,
Calibrator

Yes, but TinyURL doesn't mask anything once you reach your destination. The full destination is revealed once you're there. It's literally clicking on this: http://tinyurl.com/6dbno8 to see this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0240811461?tag=armcharcad-20&camp=14573&creativ... (which itself is truncated by the site - the actual link text is considerably longer). I use both interchangeably since they're the same link, it's just that sometimes that huge ass link doesn't fit. Again, I don't see how it's deceptive, as using TinyURL is a common practice for overly long URL's, and in this case it's being used precisely for that. If some people have a problem with it, that's their problem as far as I'm concerned. We do use the Amazon Affiliate code for that and certain other links to help fund the costs of Armchair Arcade. We make zero dollars at this. Every affiliation we have, be it with Amazon, Google Ads or Play First is there to cover the costs of operating Armchair Arcade, period. We have no pop-ups, we don't harvest e-mail addresses and we have minimal and compartmentalized advertising. I have no problem with being responsible for AA's finances, but at the very least it should be able to cover its own expenses and not come out of my own pocket. So far, we've been able to do that and I hope it continues to do that. I don't run AA to make money, but I certainly don't want to put my free time and effort into it and then have it cost me money on top of it.

By the way, there's an option in using TinyURL to show the full URL when you hover the mouse pointer over the link. I suppose I could do that instead, but that seems to be extra functionality that may or may not be 100% compatible with everything like a plain link. Anyway, the point is, we'll continue to use both full and TinyURL links interchangeably as necessary. If someone has an issue with a TinyURL link from *us* of all people, then they obviously don't trust us period and there's nothing we can do about it. I think we've always been as open book around here as any other site, and in 99% of the cases moreso, particularly since that's my personal belief.

Want to know AA's balance sheet with every expense paid to today's date? It's +$93.63. So we can cover almost $100 in future expenses at this point. Hopefully people can put up with some affiliate links now and again with that type of margin for error in mind.

Vintage Games book!
Xbox 360: billlog | Wii: 1345 2773 2048 1586 | PS3: ArmchairArcade
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First Amazon UK Reader Review for Vintage Games book (again)

OK, now that "Vintage Games" is off of pre-order again on Amazon.co.uk, here is the link to the first ever reader review, again: http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/0240811461/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_...

A much appreciated five stars, even though the book is mostly focused on the US market.

Vintage Games book!
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By the way, my apologies...

By the way, my apologies for all the "Vintage Games" book pimping, but now is the time to get the word out during the critical launch window. The book has its best chance for sales now, as it will no doubt slow to a trickle once the people most interested in the subject get a copy. Not to worry, though, as this will soon pass for "W00t!: The Videogame Revolution" (working title) feature film documentary pimping. ;-)

The nice thing about "W00t!" pimping, though, is that since Matt and I are going to San Francisco for GDC 09 the week of March 22nd with the express intention of interviewing - on film - close to 20 industry pros (some big, big names; some minor names; some award winners; etc.) for approximately 1 hour each over a period of just four days (don't ask about the horribly packed schedule), I hope (and I'm sure Matt agrees) to have plenty of material to share with our AA friends, including a daily diary, photos and maybe some hobby video (as opposed to the official HD video for the film). I'll try to get some blog stuff up every evening as my energy levels permit. Of course this certainly isn't a vacation and doesn't have great potential to be too much fun, as we'll have to put in the equivalent of 8 - 10 hour workdays while there, but it will certainly be a unique opportunity, one that would have been impossible to pass up.

Vintage Games book!
Xbox 360: billlog | Wii: 1345 2773 2048 1586 | PS3: ArmchairArcade
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Pimp the heck out of it!
Bill Loguidice wrote:

By the way, my apologies for all the "Vintage Games" book pimping, but now is the time to get the word out during the critical launch window.

Pimping, hawking, TinyURL's, and everything else, I say go for it with no apologies. So long as every unrelated thread on this site doesn't get turned into a "pimpfest," I don't think anyone would really have a problem with it. Promotion is vital to success.

I hope I speak for all of us regulars in saying we're all with you and hope your book achieves maximum exposure and success! Our spirits are not only with this book, but perhaps IN this book, even though we didn't write it.

If only we can figure out a way to get you on one of the G4 channel's game-oriented shows....

(P.S. there doesn't appear to be a link to the Amazon VG book in the Gamasutra article(s). Is that against the rules at Gamasutra?)

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Rowdy Rob wrote:

If only we can figure out a way to get you on one of the G4 channel's game-oriented shows....

(P.S. there doesn't appear to be a link to the Amazon VG book in the Gamasutra article(s). Is that against the rules at Gamasutra?)

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It's a bit subtle, but the link is at the top of the first page of all the articles, like in this one for Tony Hawk (the bold area is where they place the link):

"[In the latest in a series of Gamasutra-exclusive bonus material originally to be included in Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton's new book Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time, the duo presents a history of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, the game that popularized a niche genre and sparked a host of imitators in the early part of this decade.]"

As for the G4 thing, who knows? Really the only appropriate show they have left that I know of is "Attack of the Show". Maybe if the documentary turns out well and gets proper distribution (maybe even running on G4 or better), that will be the trigger to get us more mainstream exposure. Still early in the process, though, so it's best for us just to be along for the ride.

And just to respond to your other point, yeah, I certainly don't want to overdo the promotion for "Vintage Games" on Armchair Arcade, as I certainly don't want anyone to stop coming, but being able to contribute other material at this point is a bit difficult with all the stuff going on, but I hope that doing some stuff during the week of GDC 09 will make up for that. I just really wanted to point out that I'm aware I've been hitting the one note lately and that I'll do my best to broaden my horizons at bit as I'm able.

Vintage Games book!
Xbox 360: billlog | Wii: 1345 2773 2048 1586 | PS3: ArmchairArcade
Bill Loguidice, Managing Director | Armchair Arcade, Inc.

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