A Visual Look at the 1985 book, I CAN BE A COMPUTER OPERATOR, by Catherine Matthias

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Back on November 23, 2009, the Awful Library Books blog featured a book entitled, I CAN BE A COMPUTER OPERATOR (1985, Childrens Press), by Catherine Matthias. After expressing interest in the book in the comments, I was contacted about and subsequently received the book through a generous anonymous donation. What immediately attracted me to the book were the wonderful period photos, particularly of home and education personal computer use. I have now taken photos of the entire book and made them available, here. The book is also available used on Amazon and via other resellers if you're interested. I posted a few of my favorite images of the book below. Can you name the systems (and when possible, the games on the screen) in each of the photos from the small selection of my favorites from the book below? (you may need to click through and select "All Sizes" and see the original resolution to make out the details)

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05 (no need to identify what's in this one, I just love the bad drawing of Pac-Man to indicate "video game")
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Matt Barton
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I'm having lots of fun with

I'm having lots of fun with it. I was able to do it with nothing but paint.net and vegas, though I'm sure After Effects would make it easier and flashier. The key seems to be finding a photograph with a well-defined front and back layer (or perhaps more for increased parallax). It's not that much different (methinks) from the old scrolling parallaxes used in the Psygnosis games to give that impression of depth.

If I can possibly justify it, I'll have to use one in my next MC. I'll just have to figure out how to be more precise with "cutting up" the images.

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