Help us Get Vintage Games on Slashdot

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Hi, everyone. Asking a special favor. Please go to Slashdot Firehose and vote our "Vintage Games" review up. We're hoping to get it accepted so that a lot more people can learn about our work and enjoy the book. Thanks! Click on the plus sign next to the topic.

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Bill Loguidice
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Regarding the review and needing your help

Yeah, definitely help, guys, thanks!

Here's what I wrote on the Amazon blog for the book:

While there will apparently be a slew of formal reviews posted sometime soon, it looks like the first one out of the proverbial gates is in the queue at Slashdot, linked here. Whether it gets through Slashdot's approval process is anyone's guess as those things tend to be hit-or-miss, but the review is actually well written and does a good job of "dissecting" the book. My only return criticism of the review is there doesn't seem to be a mention of the ultra-high quality of the color images, only a remark that there might be too many. Obviously without knowledge of our behind-the-scenes machinations, the reviewer has no way of knowing that we cut images, not text, so you're getting 100% of the text and fewer images. Don't forget, though, that both the extra images and extra chapters not found in the book are available online, for free, at the book's official page at Armchair Arcade, linked here. Enjoy and let us know if you see any other formal reviews anywhere. Thanks!

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Bill Loguidice, Managing Director | Armchair Arcade, Inc.

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vectrexmad
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the link doesn't work :(

>Hi, everyone. Asking a special favor. Please go to Slashdot Firehose and vote our "Vintage Games" review up. We're hoping to get it >accepted so that a

that link doesn't work?

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Matt Barton
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Glitch?
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that link doesn't work?

It seems to be working for me. Anyone else? What's happening when you click it?

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vectrexmad
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Internet Cache problem?

When I clicked on the link "Slashdot Firehose" it took me to the standard page "cannot find web address".
So I looked at the link and saw that it said "http://books.slashdot.org/submission/1002699/Vintage-Games". I deleted the Vintage-Games text at the end in the URL bar, pressed return key and the page worked.
Then when I clicked on the link again from Armchair arcade it worked too. Very strange....

http://www.vectrex.co.uk

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Matt Barton
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Uh oh. Looks like you might

Uh oh. Looks like you might have to have an account on slashdot to make it work.

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The link works for me. It

The link works for me. It asks me to log in when I click the plus sign. So I did.

LarryLaffer (not verified)
No offence, I am sure you

No offence, I am sure you two worked hard on the book but if it did not get on there is probably a good reason for it. A reason you may not like. I was thinking of posting a review on amazon but the ones all ready up there say everything I can think of. Why post the same thing over again? It is not a book for every one but the ones who matter will know about it.

Bill Loguidice
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No offense in return - Reviews DO help!
LarryLaffer wrote:

No offence, I am sure you two worked hard on the book but if it did not get on there is probably a good reason for it. A reason you may not like. I was thinking of posting a review on amazon but the ones all ready up there say everything I can think of. Why post the same thing over again? It is not a book for every one but the ones who matter will know about it.

Honestly, LL, the pending Slashdot review seemed as good as anything else on there and the subject matter is right up their usual alley, so there seems to be no good reason for it not being officially on their site. It's literally hit or miss what they accept and it has little to do with any particular factors. The only thing that might influence the "whim" of Slashdot is if enough people request its promotion.

And if you can post a review on Amazon, it DOES help us, as the more reviews on there - good or bad - the more the book gets suggested with other books. The more publicity the better. Keep in mind that regardless, these types of books are lucky to sell a few thousand copies. We're certainly not doing this for the money as we've always been up front about such things--there is no money in any of this and certainly no money to justify the amount of effort put into it. It's as much about getting enough sales to justify future books of this type from us and others with mainstream publishers as it is about us having "success", which is relative anyway. So if you care at all about books of this type, by all means post that review of yours, no matter how redundant you think it may be.

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Bill Loguidice, Managing Director | Armchair Arcade, Inc.

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Matt Barton
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LarryLaffer wrote:No
LarryLaffer wrote:

No offence, I am sure you two worked hard on the book but if it did not get on there is probably a good reason for it. A reason you may not like. I was thinking of posting a review on amazon but the ones all ready up there say everything I can think of. Why post the same thing over again? It is not a book for every one but the ones who matter will know about it.

Hi, Larry, good to see you again. You seem to be a frank and candid fellow, which is always good for stimulating discussion. I appreciate your willingness to "rock the boat," as it were. At any rate, we appreciate all feedback, positive or negative.

Could you clarify what you mean by "a reason you may not like?" I honestly don't think that Slashdot's failure to post the review really says anything about the quality of the book. It could just be many things. Maybe they did not like the review itself. Maybe they think the book has been promoted enough already (they did publish two articles on our bonus chapters.) There is a chance that it might still be put up (who knows?)

As far as posting a review on Amazon goes, Bill is correct. Even if it's repetitive, it can still help people decide whether to buy it. For one, just having more reviews is good, because it shows people are interested in the book. Indeed, some people will be more interested in a book with hundreds of nasty reviews--the "so bad it's good" folks. For two, more people saying similar things reinforces those things. A review doesn't have to be original as long as it is clear and thoughtful.

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FYI, I just noticed

FYI, I just noticed something -- a book review that was published on Slashdot today was submitted on May 4th. So, there's obviously quite a delay and backlog we're dealing with here. So I wouldn't count out VG too quickly.

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