Jeffrey's Reviews > The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon - The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World

The Ultimate History of Video Games by Steven L. Kent
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Mar 03, 10

bookshelves: technology, business
Read from February 08 to March 03, 2010

The first part of this book is nerd heaven - it presents a well-researched and fascinating story of the technological challenges and oversized personalities that drove the wild early years of video games. But once it gets into the 1980s, it starts to lose steam as it becomes more about the business side of the video game industry than about the games themselves. It does this well, but it gets uneven - certain companies and individuals get a lot more attention in the book than others, clearly because the author spent most of his time covering them as a reporter. These weaknesses aside, the book is strongly recommended to those with an interest in the evolution of electronic games.
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