A Brief History Of Video Games
From Atari to Virtual Reality
By Rich Stanton
A fascinating exploration of the vibrant history and culture of video games
From the first wood-panelled Pong machines in California to the masterpieces of engineering that now sit in countless homes all over the world, A Brief History of Video Games reveals the vibrant history and culture of interactive entertainment.
Above all, this is a book about the games - how the experience of playing has developed from simple, repetitive beginnings into a cornucopia of genres and styles, at once utterly immersive and socially engaging. With full-colour illustrations throughout, it shows how technological advances have transformed the first dots and dashes of bored engineers into sophisticated, responsive worlds that are endlessly captivating.
As thrilling and surprising as the games it describes, this is an indispensable read for anyone serious about the business of having fun.
RICHARD STANTON was born in 1982 and read English at Balliol College, Oxford. He was features editor on Edge magazine, and since then has written about video games for the Guardian, Polygon, the New Statesman, and many other publications. He lives in Bath, UK, and in his spare time saves worlds and plays chess.
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23 Jul 2015
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A Brief History of Video Games is an exceptional work that celebrates gaming without the obsequious flattery, a book that will engross anyone with even the faintest interest in the medium. It's unclear whether we'll be able to write a comprehensive history of the next forty years of games, but at least we've got the perfect history of the first. — Five out of Ten
A Brief History of Video Games covers a lot of games and a lot of stories spanning many decades. It's well worth your time. — Polygon