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Arcade Fever: The Fan's Guide to the Golden Age of Video Games

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Arcade Fever is a full-color illustrated history of video arcade games, with tributes to more than 50 classic games like Pong, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Q-Bert, Frogger, and TRON. Learn which game caused a yen shortage in Japan -- and which games inspired breakfast cereals, Saturday-morning cartoons, episodes of Seinfeld,and #1 pop-music singles. Meet the visionary
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 21st 2001 by Running Press (first published August 2001)
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Mark
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
Fun. Frequently the subject matter is more evocative than the writing.

Apparently Martin Amis wrote a guide to Space Invaders tactics in 1982. Apparently, his advice regarding Asteroids includes this: 'Don't go mad and reduce the whole screen to rubble- you'll find yourself dodging bricks, and will be stoned to death like an Iranian rapist.'

Wow. The best parts of this book are interviews with the creators of legendary games and arcades. Some of the games deserve a more in-depth look- lengthy
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Kevin
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing

If you grew up in the 80s, and gaming and arcades were a pasion, this is a must buy!
James Crabtree
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun book on the early video games. Absolutely loved it! Very well illustrated with color photos and artwork. I even loved Sellers' descriptions of the games. A great pop culture book.
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Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a simple book can do to bring back marvelous visuals from a childhood. Mr. Sellers gave reviews on the most popular games and gave some hall of shame introductions. I like his reviews on Laser Disc Video Game Systems like Dragon Liar and some notable others. Mr. Sellers gave some nice reviews and brought a smile to me face. In today's world, When I mentioned arcade, nobody knows what an arcades or was. a dam shame. Did nice reviews on Galaxian, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong.

I never knew that Mario
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Killerkobra
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Not much to read but some great pictures and overall nice design.
Asher Riley
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great, fun to read, visual guide through the history of Golden-Age arcade gaming. A must own for those who are passionate about old school games.
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John Sellers is the author of The Old Man and the Swamp (2011), Perfect From Now On (2007) and Arcade Fever (2001). He writes about television for The Wrap and interviews musicians for Spin magazine. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

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