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Classic Home Video Games, 1985-1988: A Complete Reference Guide (Anglais) Relié – 15 juillet 2009

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Classic Home Video Games, 1985-1988 This reference highlights popular video games of the 1970s and early 1980s, covering virtually every official U.S. release for programmable home game consoles of the pre-Nintendo NES era. The book is organized alphabetically by console brand, with encyclopedia-style entries for every game released for that console. Full description

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A good starting point but not definitive 25 août 2012
Par Thedisappearer - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Ten or fifteen years ago, before everything went online, this would have been a 4 or 5 star book. Sadly, it just doesn't stand up to the vast wealth of information on the internet, which for free, is infinitely cheaper.

The author lays out the book in three sections, the Atari 7200, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and the Sega Master system. He gives a brief history of the system, highlights the peripherals, and lists all the games in alphabetical order to include year released, publisher, etc. That's great. That's where the positives stop. All pictures are in black and white which would have been OK for a book from when the games were released but seems dated in a book released in 2012. The summary of the games is usally less informative than the Wikipedia entries. Most games get one paragraph. A few games are referred to as "rare" which no context to just how rare, and many games that I would easily classify as rare make no mention of limited press runs.

I don't want to make it sound like the book is worthless though. First of all, if you are reading the book, you obviously enjoy retro games, so you probably don't want everything all digital and online any way. Second, it is a handy reference for the basics, and some of you probably have the first volume of the series ([...]) so might as well go all Pokemon and collect them all.

Still, there is plenty of room for improvements. First, a screenshot from most, if not all of the games. Come on! Also, the cover art, or at least, cartridge art is a good start. Second, this book is aimed at collectors, so give them what they are looking for. The entry for the NES' Action 51 just says it's a crappy game. With that knowledge, you would not pick up a copy for $2 at a yard sale, and then you'd be a complete idiot as the game frequently sells for ~$100 in good condition. Third, a full-page article on some of the pinnacle games that defined the system and discuss their lasting legacies would be good.

A decent book, but the simple ways it could have been better make it a tad frustrating for me.
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Informative, fun and easy to read 7 septembre 2009
Par Starwander - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
For anyone that is interested in the Nintendo NES, Atari 7800 and Sega Master System this book is well worth purchasing. This guide does a good job of providing a quick and informative overview of all US licensed games for each system. Considering that there are over 700 games for the Nintendo NES alone, a guide like this helps the potential gamer to home in on games that fit their taste. That way you can only purchase games that you might enjoy.

Overall the book is an interesting read and I doubt that anyone who plays video games wouldn't find it interesting.
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Exhaustive and entertaining 16 mars 2010
Par geekzapoppin - Publié sur
Format: Relié
In these days of Wikipedia, printed reference books are a dying breed. In their heyday, reference books that were actually enjoyable to read were the exception to the rule. That is why I am so pleased to recommend both of Weiss' books on classic home video games. They are the rare tomes that are both comprehensive and imminently-readable. It is obvious from both Weiss' Introduction and the actual entries on each system and game that he truly loves the subject about which he writes. While the sheer amount of information available on the Internet, by its very nature, dwarfs that of any printed book, it can be difficult to sort through all of the ephemera and find concise descriptions of classic console games. Weiss' books fill that need nicely. The only negative aspect of both books is the lack of screenshots of the games. This may be due to copyright restrictions, but it does hurt the overall experience of reading them. That minor gripe aside, for those of us who were the original "Video Game Generation" or for newer fans who are discovering the treasures of video gaming's past, Weiss' books are invaluable.
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Must own book for classic video game collectors. 6 janvier 2013
Par MachineGex - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Just like this book's companion, this book is a must own for any gamer out there. It is laid out extremely well and gives a nice description of each game that is spot on. I loved reading about all the different games for each system. I was surprised to see how many games the author and I agree on. I can spend hours going over each system and all the games for them. It is a great book that will help you build a better collection. Highly recommended, I love both books and plan on getting the third in the series.
Great Reference Book 19 mai 2011
Par cybersp78 - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I just purchased this on the kindle. I was very pleased with the savings over the hardcover copy. I wish the hardcover copy was a little cheaper. With that being said, I found this book to be a great reference book for entire video game library of the NES, SMS, and Atari 7800. The descriptions were very informative and I liked the feature of listing the number of players and where else the game was released. The only thing I wished it had was if the author rated each title on a 1-10 scale. You can sort of tell the titles he really likes, but I would love to see how he would actually rate them. Also, as another reviewer noted screenshots would have been a big plus if possible. With that being said, I am looking forward to the author's next book and I might have to pick up the first one to hold me over until then.
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