Having grown up when PONG first demanded all our free time, this book is a nice visual pilgrimage through the years of video games. The book takes us on a pixelated journey and reminding us of an exciting time in pop culture as the computer age began to give us fun and life long memories.
Pac Man, Space Invaders, Tetris, Super Mario Bros. are video games veterans and more than just reminiscences of an untroubled childhood. Challenging stories and characters, visual quality and aesthetic experience make them successful examples of popular interaction design. They so become more than a mere video game and can be regarded as a multimedia art form.
“Push Start” outlines the graphical evolution from its beginnings, through the golden age of arcade video games, to the latest generation of game consoles. Fascinating artwork and screenshot prints of the most famous video games and the corresponding cult sounds on a 10-inch vinyl create an expanding universe of game culture in which the worlds of emotion, reality and art collide.
It starts in 1952 with OXO and ends with 2015’s Halo 5. There are a TON of games you are sure to know such as Asteroids, Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat and Tomb Raider. That being said, there are even MORE games that we never even knew about like: Wonder Boy, Balloon Fight, Teddy Boy Blues and Vectorman, just to name a few.
- Video Game Index
A – EARLY GAMES
B – ARCADES
C – 8-Bit
D – 16-Bit
E – 3D
F – HD
- Video Game Platforms
Each page is a full-page spread with an image from a specific video game along with info that includes the year the game was released, the platform it came out on, the developer and the designer.
Looking at the art of 1981’s Star Strike compared to 2013’s Bioshock Infinite, you can see that we’ve come a long way. A lot of folks still prefer the 8 and 16 bit of the past over the stunning new graphics of today but this book has something for any gamer.
We really enjoyed the Video Game Platforms section as well. It was great seeing old systems that either we had or systems that our buddy down the block had. (We had the 1979 Intellivision, 1983 Nintendo NES, 1989 Gameboy – which I STILL own, 2006 Nintendo WII, 2011 Nintendo 3DS, and 2012’s Xbox One.
earBOOKS has included an awesome added bonus to this already sensational book and it comes in the form of 10″, lime green vinyl. It features remixes of themes for Vampire Killer, Super Mario Bros, Dr. Willy, Master Ninja, Space Harrier Main theme, Let’s Go to Pao Pao Island!, Guile’s theme and Korobeiniki. (Fret not, if you do NOT own a turntable they have also included a digital download code. Here are a few for your listening pleasure.)
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