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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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Pixel Perfect Gaming Reviews our Vintage Games Book

Pixel Perfect Gaming has posted a very nice review of our book, Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time. Right now it appears on their front page, but here's the direct link to the review article for when it gets bumped down. I won't spoil what the reviewer has to say, but I certainly can't complain on this one. Don't forget, Vintage Games is still available from retailers worldwide, has its official page here, and an Italian edition here. Enjoy!

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Retro Gamer Magazine and GameRoom Magazine Cover our Vintage Games Book (comments and images)

As previously mentioned, Retro Gamer magazine issue 65, and GameRoom magazine July 2009, covered our book, Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time, available at booksellers worldwide, including Amazon.com. Well, my copies of each of the magazines came today, and I wanted to share some quick thoughts - including some low quality iPhone photos (to protect their IP naturally; buy your own copies - they're worth it!) - on the magazines.

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First Official Review of our "Vintage Games" Book Posted

Well, it wasn't Slashdot after all, but Gamer's Intuition that got out the first formal review of Vintage Games: An Insider Look at Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time. The verdict? It's a hit! The review is available here, so be sure to check it out and all the other great content at Gamer's Intuition.

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Vintage Games Book - Now Available Worldwide!

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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Win a Copy of the Vintage Games Book and a $25 Gift Card!

Our publisher, Focal Press, which is part of Elsevier, is presently running a contest for you to win a free copy of our book, "Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time", as well as a $25 gift card. All you have to do is fill out their short survey on which game YOU think is the most influential, here.

Let us know what you put down and if you win!

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Vintage Games Book Bonus Chapter 1 Released - "Pong: Avoid Missing Game to Start Industry"

Gamasutra has released the first in a series of nine bonus chapters not included in our book, "Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time". The first entry is "Pong: Avoid Missing Game to Start Industry". This is slightly different from the other chapters as it goes a bit more into history rather than things like gameplay elements, but that's appropriate considering the elegant simplicity of the game in question. Let us know what you think!

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