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Classic Books and Periodicals List
Maintained by Lee Seitz
An excellent index of reference materials.

The First Quarter: A 25-Year History of Video Games
By Steven L. Kent, 2000
The First Quarter: A 25-year History of Video Games is an insider's look at the entertainment novelty that drove the evolution of high-technology. The book was compiled from more than 500 first-hand interviews with such people as Nolan Bushnell (founder of Atari), Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Donkey Kong), Toru Iwatani (designer of Pac-Man), etc. Above all, this book provides an intimate look into the lives of a group of brilliant and quirky people, and the sometimes serious and sometimes wacky way they ran their business.

Game Over Press Start To Continue
By David Sheff and Andy Eddy, 1999
Official Homepage
Chronicles the rise to power of Nintendo and how the company took the world by storm. It also covers the classic period along with the rise and fall of Atari. The book has been recently updated featuring new chapters by Andy Eddy and a photo history of Nintendo.

Joystick Nation: How Videogames Ate Our Quarters, Won Our Hearts, and Rewired Our Minds
By J.C. Hertz, 1997
In Joystick Nation, J.C. Herz provides an account of the history of videogames, from the very first game (Spacewar) through today's wide range of high-powered videogames.

"Phoenix: The Fall and Rise of Videogames"
by Leonard Herman, 1999
Rolenta Press,

PO Box 1365, Springfield, NJ 07081

An absolute must read for those who would like to learn about the history of home videogames, from its very inception to the present. It's the most concise and most objective historical reference work concerning video games. If it's facts and data you're after, look no further.

Supercade: A Visual History of the Videogame Age 1971-1984
By Van Burnham, 2001
Supercade Home Page
Illustrates and documents the history, legacy, and visual language of the videogame phenomenon. In over 400 lavishly illustrated pages, the book pays tribute to the technology, the games, and the visionaries who created one of the most influential eras in computer science.

Twin Galaxies' Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records
By Walter Day, 1998
Twin Galaxies Home Page
An exhaustive listing of the top scores for almost every arcade, pinball, computer and home videogame ever made. Includes 5200 high scores as well.

Zap! The Rise and Fall of Atari
By James Cohen, 1989
Tells the tale of the early video games industry, focusing on the trials and tribulations of Atari. Read this book and find out everything you would want to know about the history of Atari up through 1984.


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