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    Steven L. Kent, a lifelong a gamer since the debut of Pong, writes weekly columns about electronic entertainment for theLos Angeles Times syndicate, MSNBC, and the Japan Times. His articles have appeared inUSA Today, Rolling Stone, Replay, Wired, Next Generation, and numerous other publications. Mr. Kent has also appeared onCNN, the CBS Morning Show, and the NBC Nightly News. He lives with his wife and two children in Bothell, Washington.
    Inside the Games You Grew Up with but Never Forgot
    With all the whiz, bang, pop, and shimmer of a glowing arcade. The Ultimate History of Video Games reveals everything you ever wanted to know and more about the unforgettable games that changed the world, the visionaries who made them, and the fanatics who played them. From the arcade to television and from the PC to the handheld device, video games have entraced kids at heart for nearly 30 years. And author and gaming historian Steven L. Kent has been there to record the craze from the very beginning.
    This engrossing book tells the incredible tale of how this backroom novelty transformed into a cultural phenomenon. Through meticulous research and personal interviews with hundreds of industry luminaries, you'll read firsthand accounts of how yesterday's games like Space Invaders, Centipede, and Pac-Man helped create an arcade culture that defined a generation, and how today's empires like Sony, Nintendo, and Electronic Arts have galvanized a multibillion-dollar industry and a new generation of games. Inside, you'll discover:
    ·The video game that saved Nintendo from bankruptcy
    ·The serendipitous story of Pac-Man's design
    ·The misstep that helped topple Atari's $2 billion-a-year empire
    ·The coin shortage caused by Space Invaders
    ·The fascinating reasons behind the rise, fall, and rebirth of Sega
    ·And much more!
    Entertaining, addictive, and as mesmerizing as the games it chronicles, this book is a must-have for anyone who's ever touched a joystick.

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    ISBN 9780761536437
    Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
    Format Paperback
    Pages 608
    Publisher Date 2001-10-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Three Rivers Pr
    Copyright Year 2001
    Height 9.25 in
    Wdth 7.25 in
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 2.25 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle From Pong to Pokemon and Beyond-The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World
    Edition Number 1
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Kent, Steve L.

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