Classic Home Video Games, 1972-1984: A Complete Reference Guide

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McFarland, Mar 7, 2012 - Games - 316 pages
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   This reference work provides a comprehensive guide to popular and obscure video games of the 1970s and early 1980s, covering virtually every official United States release for programmable home game consoles of the pre-Nintendo NES era. Included are the following systems: Adventure Vision, APF MP1000, Arcadia 2001, Astrocade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, ColecoVision, Fairchild Channel F, Intellivision, Microvision, Odyssey, Odyssey2, RCA Studio II, Telstar Arcade, and Vectrex.   Organized alphabetically by console brand, each chapter includes a history and description of the game system, followed by substantive entries for every game released for that console, regardless of when the game was produced. Each video game entry includes publisher/developer information and the release year, along with a detailed description and, frequently, the author's critique. An appendix lists "homebrew" titles that have been created by fans and amateur programmers and are available for download or purchase. Includes glossary, bibliography and index.
  

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Classic home video games, 1972-1984: a complete reference guide

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This guide appears to be a labor of love for Texas-based author Weiss, former owner of a comic-book store and self-proclaimed "video kid." It is arranged alphabetically by console, with each chapter ... Read full review

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A thorough review of early consoles for the collector with a minimum of history. Not what I was expecting, but if you collect vintage games, this book is probably indispensable. Read full review

Contents

Adventure Vision
5
APFMP000
11
Astrocade
18
Atari 2600
28
Atari 5200
133
Atari 7800
153
ColecoVision
168
Fairchild Channel F
203
Intellivision
209
Microvision
243
Odyssey2
268
Vectrex
274
Homebrew Games
283
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About the author (2012)

Former comic shop owner Brett Weiss lives in Fort Worth, Texas area. In addition to his reference books about classic home video games, he has written for numerous industry magazines.

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