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Special advance screening of our Gameplay documentary will be at the NW Pinball and Arcade Show in Tacoma, WA, June 7, 2014!

Gameplay premiering at the NW Pinball and Arcade Show!Gameplay premiering at the NW Pinball and Arcade Show!The Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show! takes place from June 6-8, 2014, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma, WA, and will feature a special advance screening of our feature film documentary, Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution. The film will be shown at the event one time only, Saturday, June 7, 8PM. It was an honor being a writer and producer on this film and I look forward to the public reaction to its first showing. More details of other events and final distribution will follow. In the mean-time, check out The Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show's press release for the showing of the film:

"From Pong to Pac-Man and Super Mario to Lara Croft, Doom, Grand Theft Auto and beyond… announcing the brand new feature documentary about the history of video games entitled Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution. This film will have a special advance screening at the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show 2014, one showing only, on Saturday June 7 at 8pm.

The documentary is the story of how an idea in 1972 changed the way the world plays games, forever. Be a part of the journey as you witness the birth of the arcade game, and then ride along with the many amazing individuals who harnessed the art and technology, evolving it to new levels. The film features never-before-seen interviews with Nolan Bushnell, David Crane, Noah Falstein, John Romero, Todd Howard and many more. See the changes for yourself, as video games evolve from “User Friendly” to “Lifestyle.” It’s a roller coaster ride through the decades, with many stories of success and failure that you will witness firsthand. Don’t miss out on being the first in the world to see this true film experience of how video games have shaped society. When the credits roll, you’ll be left pondering where the future of video games will journey to next.

The Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show! takes place from June 6-8, 2014, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma, WA."

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Vintage Game Consoles in color paperback and ebook versions now available everywhere!

Vintage Game ConsolesVintage Game ConsolesVintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time, is now available in color paperback and ebook versions from booksellers everywhere! Check out the Amazon page for the Look Inside feature for the respective color paperback and ebook versions. Vintage Game Consoles covers the history of videogames from the perspective of the 20 greatest and most influential game playing computers, consoles, and handhelds. There are 400 captioned images and 348 overall pages packed with content. The main platforms covered are: arcade, Apple II, Atari 2600 VCS, Atari 8-bit, Mattel Intellivision, PC DOS computers, Commodore 64, ColecoVision, NES, Commodore Amiga, Sega Genesis, GameBoy, Super NES, PC Windows computers, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube. Of course, many other platforms - and games - are also discussed along the way. Cover art is by homebrew artist, Nathan Strum, and is inspired by classic videogame magazine, Electronic Games. Check it out and be sure to leave a review on Amazon. Every review is much appreciated and goes a long way towards helping spread the word about the book. Of course, any other mentions of the book online and to friends and family are also appreciated. Questions? Just ask. Enjoy!

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Revealed: The computer, videogame, and handheld platforms covered in the upcoming Vintage Game Consoles book!

Vintage Game ConsolesVintage Game ConsolesAlthough we're still a few months away - February or March 2014 - from the worldwide release of Vintage Game Consoles in full color paperback and ebook formats (Amazon pre-order), our publisher's Website, Focal Press, has posted the Table of Contents. This is a big milestone because it officially publicly reveals the 20 computer, videogame, and handheld platforms we identified as most significant. As with the previous book in the series, Vintage Games, which primarily covered 35 of the most influential games (and those they influenced) of all time, from our industry's beginnings right up to the book's publication, Vintage Game Consoles does the same for the platforms they're actually played on. The only constraints we placed on our choices were that the platforms had to no longer be sold commercially (eliminating all systems released from the start of the Nintendo DS and Xbox 360 eras and beyond) so the complete story could be told (with the obvious exception being PC Windows Computers) and that we kept the focus on primarily North America (our particular expertise, though obviously we discuss all regions throughout the course of the book). This still led to some tough decisions (like not covering platforms that featured similar games to another slightly more popular platform already in the book), but I think you'll find the list fair. If not, let us know, though of course I'd love you to reserve final judgment until you actually have the book in your hands.

Here's the Table of Contents (note, there is also an extensive Forward and Preface, and each Generation sets the scene for that particular section of the book--oh, and there are 400 images as well!):

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The upcoming book, Vintage Game Consoles, is now available for pre-order!

Vintage Game ConsolesVintage Game ConsolesI'm thrilled to officially announce that another one of my new books, Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time, written with Matt Barton, is now available for pre-order from booksellers everywhere, including Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, and of course, the publisher's (Taylor & Francis/Focal Press) Website. As always, my personal favorite place is Amazon, where you can buy it at a nice discount from the full retail price, plus, if the price drops upon the book's publication sometime in February/March 2014, you get it for the lower price. Of course, you don't get charged until it actually ships.

What Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time, did before it for software, Vintage Game Consoles, does it now for hardware platforms, covering 20 of the greatest game playing computers, consoles, and handhelds of all-time. This full color paperback and ebook is packed to the gills with well over 400 pages of content and 400 images. Nathan Strum's amazing cover art, inspired by legendary magazine, Electronic Games (the first I ever bought myself as a child and incredibly influential to my future path in life), rounds out the package.

Also in early 2014, be sure to look out for My Xbox One, written with Christina Loguidice (the follow-up to My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox LIVE), and of course, published this holiday season, CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer, written with Boisy Pitre.

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Armchair Arcade Featured in Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine!

For all you frequent fliers out there, you might have noticed an article in the March 2011 issue of Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine entitled, Play it Again, Man!. It was written several months back (thank you, print lead time) by Jennifer Nalewicki under advisement from yours truly and my frequent partner-in-crime, Matt Barton. Besides mentioning us and Armchair Arcade, you'll also see a nod to our book, Vintage Games, in the header. While it's not a long piece, it's nice to see something targeted to mainstream audiences like Spirit Magazine is featuring positive videogame content. Check out the print version on your next Southwest Airlines flight or click here for the PDF or here for the decidedly less fun text-only version.

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Vintage Games and Wii Fitness for Dummies on Sale Now at Amazon!

Great news! Two of our latest books, Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time, and Wii Fitness for Dummies (aka, Fitness on the Wii for Dummies), are now on sale at Amazon for $15.45 and $16.49, respectively. The Kindle versions are only $13.91 and $9.99, respectively. Those really are great deals, so if you haven't already picked up your copies, now is a great time to do so. Also, don't forget to leave a review on Amazon as well, as it really helps a book get additional exposure. Thanks for the support and look out for more books from us soon!

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PAC-MAN 30th Anniversary - Read About it and Play it!

As Google often likes to do, today they've placed the focus on an important anniversary, The 30th Anniversary of PAC-MAN. Naturally, Pac-Man is one of a handful of pop culture icons that encapsulates what many people think of when they think of the word "videogames". Heck, even when people are shown playing videogames in commercials, you'll STILL hear 30 year old Pac-Man sound effects coming from their modern day handheld or console! As you no doubt know, I wrote a colorful book called Vintage Games with Matt Barton not too long ago, and sure enough, Chapter 13, entitled "Pac-Man (1980): Japanese Gumption, American Consumption" features the pie guy himself and the games that incredible title influenced. So, be sure to re-read the chapter in your copy of the book as we celebrate this important videogame milestone - 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.

NOTE: In case you haven't noticed, you can go to Google's Home Page and try their first ever interactive doodle. Yep, you can play a nifty variation of Pac-Man right in your browser (just "Insert Coin" once for one player, or twice for a two player game with Ms. Pac-Man). Nice job, Google!

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Ten Questions from Gnome's Lair (Interview with Matt Barton)

There's an interview up at Gnome's Lair called Ten Gnomish Questions, an interview with Matt Barton. I had a great time answering these questions; enjoy. I've posted a few additional thoughts below.

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An Interview With The People Behind Armchair Arcade

About a month or so back, Steven Savage interviewed the Armchair Arcade team for his Fan To Pro - The Blog of Professional Geekery, Website. The full interview is now posted on Savage's site, and can be viewed here. Let us know what you think as you delve further into the depths of the minds behind Armchair Arcade (you've been warned!). While there, be sure to check out Savage's book.

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Vintage Games Book Featured on Amazon

Just a quick note that our book, Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time, is part of Amazon's "Game On: Featured Game Design Titles" promotion, as seen here. The best part? This means that you can presently get it for a low, low price of - as of this writing - just $14.56! Be sure to check it out. Also, be sure to check out a different, but similarly valuable promotion for Wii Fitness for Dummies, including a $5 mail-in rebate!

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