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10th Anniversary of the “Classic Home Video Games” book series.
June 7, 2017
This summer marks the 10th anniversary of the critically acclaimed "Classic Home Video Games" series, written by longtime gamer and author Brett Weiss.
“I can’t believe it’s already been a decade,” Weiss said, reflecting on his magnum opus. “There were very few books on retro gaming at the time. Now you could fill four or five tall bookshelves.”
The original hardcover version of Classic Home Video Games: 1972-1984 was published in July of 2007, around the time such YouTubers as The Angry Video Game Nerd were getting popular, and shortly after the debut of the Wii Virtual Console, which brought old video games into modern gamers’ homes.
A key publication in the retro gaming boom of the last decade, Classic Home Video Games: 1972-1984 was the first video game book published by McFarland (which now has an entire line of video game books), and it was the first book in the history of publishing to fully catalog and describe every U.S. release for such consoles as the Atari 5200, ColecoVision, Intellivision, Odyssey 2, and Vectrex.
The "Classic Home Video Games" series, which was awarded several official Twin Galaxies Trading Cards, also features the first books to catalog and describe every game for the NES, TurboGrafx-16, Neo Geo, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, Atari 7800, Adventure Vision, APF MP1000, Astrocade, Fairchild Channel F, MicroVision, Odyssey, RCA Studio II, and Telstar Arcade.
What the experts have said about Classic Home Video Games 1972-1984:
“a labor of love...comprehensive...recommended” --Library Journal
“thoroughly researched” --Game Informer
“A must-read...both fun and informative, a highly recommended purchase.” --Video Game Collector
“Weiss's deep familiarity with his chosen subject matter is an asset of the text, and as a writer he conveys information clearly and without pretension...Weiss's reviews of obscure games make the book a treasure...impressive and fun book...valuable...the breadth of coverage here is astounding...a fun read and a nostalgic trip supreme...undeniably smart, historically valuable and wide-ranging in coverage.” --GameCulture Journal
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