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Wii Fitness for Dummies (2010) - Table of Contents

Wii Fitness for Dummies (2010), by Christina and Bill Loguidice, through Wiley.

We just finished primary author review on the book, so it's now considered at 100%, though there are still a few minor things to do. Since it's at that point, I'm now able to release what should be the final Table of Contents. Check it out here: http://www.armchairarcade.com/neo/node/3046 . As always, any questions, ask away. We're still looking at a February/March 2010 release.

Wii Fitness for Dummies, available from retailers worldwide, is THE book on the Nintendo Wii fitness revolution. Part 1 covers Nintendo's Wii Fit Plus, Part 2 covers EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer from Electronic Arts, and Part 3 covers Majesco's Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010. There are two parts of ten at the back of book, as well, which cover ten Wii fitness accessories, and ten other Wii fitness games, respectively. You'll not only get to know all of the games inside and out, but also learn proper exercise form, theory and methodology to maximize your fitness experience, all in the inimitable friendly and approachable for Dummies style.

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Star Raiders (1979): The New Hope - Final Vintage Games Bonus Chapter

The ninth of nine free online bonus chapters that are in addition to the 25 chapters found 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, available at booksellers worldwide, including Amazon.com, is now available. Head on over to Gamasutra to read Star Raiders (1979): The New Hope. This concludes our experiment in providing a true value add for readers of the book, content that could never fit in a reasonably priced mass market publication. Hopefully this convinces the last of the fence sitters to buy the book! Don't forget there are well over 100 bonus images not found in the book or in the online bonus chapters, available here. Want to know what others' think of the book? Check it out here. Between all of the free online content and the content in the book, it should keep you busy for quite some time. It looks like there is also a good possibility for fully translated special editions of Vintage Games for other territories, starting with an Italian Edition. We'll let you know as this news develops.

Our next book out should be Wii Fitness for Dummies, which will be released in early 2010, followed by an amazing feature film documentary on the history of videogames through Lux Digital Pictures. Keep checking back at Armchair Arcade for the latest on these and other exciting projects!

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Quick Update on our Latest Projects

Since I know everyone appreciates updates, I thought I would take some time to let everyone know the latest with the two hottest projects that we're all working on here at Armchair Arcade, as well as an old favorite. First, is the book, Wii Fitness for Dummies, which I'm working on with my wife Christina. Section I of the book covers Wii Fit Plus, Section II of the book covers EA Sports Active: Personal Trainer, and Section III of the book covers Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010. This full color Dummies book will contain a typical "Part of Tens" section (actually two) that will talk about some of the other Wii fitness options as well. The book is shaping up nicely, but we won't have access to the software in Sections I and III until their street release dates, which are in October. The present plan is to finish the book by the end of November for a possible January release. Fingers crossed with that, but at least Section II should be finished in another week!

The feature film documentary on videogames for Lux Digital Pictures also appears on track, as Matt Barton, Mark Vergeer and I are busy capturing and sending footage to the Director/Editor. It's still going to be a long process, as even though we already did a few hundred media files, there will ultimately be thousands in the film, along with the interviews we filmed back in March. Good stuff and we'll try to make a big push on this over the next month.

Finally, there's our book, Vintage Games, which I'm sure you're tired of hearing about by now. Anyway, the ninth and final free online bonus chapter (not found in the book) should hit Gamasutra any day now, and a special Italian edition is presently being shopped around, with more translations possibly to follow. Exciting stuff to be sure as that book continues to surprise us.

Any questions? Sound off!

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ClassicGaming.com Reviews our Vintage Games Book

Marty Goldberg and ClassicGaming.com just put up a great 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, available at booksellers worldwide, including Amazon.com. While I naturally disagree with the reviewer trying to differentiate what a "videogame" and a "computer game" is based on display - I believe anything that generates its own changeable display of a sufficient resolution qualifies as a videogame (in other words get over the word "video" and treat it as the concept it is, making it both past and future proof (which is one of many reasons why I prefer it as a single word) and not beholden to what amounts to Ralph Baer's convenient legal argument) - overall the review is a positive one. Check it out here.

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Robotron: 2084 (1982) - Running Away While Defending Humanoids - Latest Free Vintage Games Bonus Chapter

The eighth of nine free online bonus chapters that are in addition to the 25 chapters found 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, available at booksellers worldwide, including Amazon.com, is now available. Head on over to Gamasutra to read Robotron: 2084 (1982): Running Away While Defending Humanoids. The remaining online bonus chapter, released next month, will be Star Raiders, which will form the complete set of 34 chapters between the book and online. Don't forget there are well over 100 bonus images not found in the book or in the online bonus chapters, available here. Want to know what others' think of the book? Check it out here and don't forget to get yourself a copy!

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Defender (1980): The Joys of Difficult Games - Latest Free Vintage Games Book Bonus Chapter

The seventh of nine free online bonus chapters that are in addition to the 25 chapters found 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, available at booksellers worldwide, including Amazon.com, is now available. Head on over to Gamasutra to read Defender (1980): The Joys of Difficult Games. The remaining two online bonus chapters, released one each over the next two months, will be Robotron: 2084 and Star Raiders, which will form the complete set of 34 chapters between the book and online. Don't forget there are well over 100 bonus images not found in the book or in the online bonus chapters, available here. Want to know what others' think of the book? Check it out here and don't forget to get yourself a copy!

PS: For those looking, the bonus images not used in the Defender article can be found here.

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Spacewar! (1962) - Latest Free Vintage Games Online Bonus Chapter

The sixth of nine free online bonus chapters that are in addition to the 25 chapters found 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, available at booksellers worldwide, including Amazon.com, is now available. Head on over to Gamasutra to read Spacewar! (1962): The Best Waste of Time in the History of the Universe. The remaining three online bonus chapters, released one a month, will be Defender, Robotron: 2084 and Star Raiders, which will form the complete set of 34 chapters between the book and online. Don't forget there are well over 100 bonus images not found in the book or in the online bonus chapters, available here. Want to know what others' think of the book? Check it out here and don't forget to get yourself a copy!

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Slashdot's Coverage of the "Vintage Games" Book: Some Thoughts and Clarifications

It was with great relief that the Slashdot review of our Vintage Games book went up on Wednesday. With the continued expansion of the World Wide Web and the vast quantity of high quality information resources available, Slashdot doesn't quite have the impact it once had, but it's certainly still an important and valuable site to have in your corner, particularly when you're trying to bring a higher profile to something like this book (in fact, it helped push the book to a sales ranking high of 3,282 on Amazon.com out of millions of products). With minimal qualification, the review was a positive one, rating the book a very high (for Slashdot) 8 out of 10, with the main criticism of our work being some of the images included in the book and their value in illustrating some of the text. Unfortunately in drawing attention to the images the reviewer failed to mention how nice the images are throughout the full color glossy production, and that - certainly in my opinion - it was important in our limited space to use the images as an opportunity to add to the text rather than merely illustrate what was already discussed. And of course I'm particularly proud of including images and the related history not found in any other work of this type.

Anyway, with all of that said, there are over 150 comments to the review (and by extension the book) and counting, and I'd just like to take this opportunity to clarify what "Vintage Games" the book is and isn't.

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Vintage Games Online Bonus Chapter 5 on Rogue Continues to Generate Interest

GameSetWatch has posted a fascinating look at the aftermath of the posting of our fifth (of nine) online-only bonus chapter from earlier this month, Rogue: Have @ You, You Deadly Z's, from 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 best part is is that two of the original developers have participated in the discussion to shed additional light on the fascinating history of Rogue. As always, be sure to check out the book's official Website at Armchair Arcade, and don't forget to pick up your copy at Amazon or other fine retailers!

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