- Hardcover: 300 pages
- Publisher: NO STARCH; 1 edition (15 May 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593277431
- ISBN-13: 978-1593277437
- Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.1 x 26.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Game Console: A History in Photographs Hardcover – 15 May 2018
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--Android Central "The actual history lesson of the industry makes this more than a coffee table book."
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Content itself is quite cool and I love full color illustrations.
This book is a very interesting piece for any video game fan or collector. The images are all produced with clarity & beautiful color reproduction. The facts that accompany every page add to the wealth of information this book preserves. It will sit proudly next to my copy of Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games.
I want to thank the author Evan Amos for all his work in photographing and preserving video game history. As a manager of a small game store, I will be able to utilize this book to help pass on historical info to new generations of gamers. Amazing book, keep up the great work!
But by and large, this is a fairly vapid compilation that has little to say, but what little it does have to say is typically negative about every game system apart from the Playstation models, NES and SNES. The writer's viewpoint is sales totals heavy, and that is fine and not a point of contention. But due to this and what little is said of many other beloved consoles, it makes it hard to enjoy. I don't even mind occasionally pointing out that some things are notably bad (such as the Atari 5200 controllers, universally detested). But to clamor on and on about how quickly some of the weird older consoles were abandoned and their flaws really takes the joy out of looking at them and getting interested in them.
In addition to this issue, the format changes on every page. Instead of each game system listing sales totals, # of games released for it, etc it changes with each item. I can only surmise that the writer either didn't research the information on sales totals or whatnot, or had the information and simply withheld it as they weren't personally interested and assumed the reader wouldn't be either.
In all, this just felt like a poorly composed, half-researched photo book made by a subjective pseudo-fan, that is devoid of passion, juicy details, intrigue, or valuable stats. I'm going to have to go to a Retro Game Con of some sort to cleanse my palette from this bland take on my favorite hobby.
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