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Before personal computers and game consoles, video arcades hosted cutting-edge software consumers couldn’t play anywhere else.

As companies like Atari, Commodore, and Nintendo disrupted the status quo, publishers charged their developers with an impossible task: Cram the world’s most successful coin-op games into microchips with a fraction of the computing power of arcade
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Paperback, 800 pages
Published September 13th 2019 by Press Start Press
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Arcade Perfect is a fantastic look back at how the most popular arcade games of the 80s and 90s made their way onto home consoles with ever increasing fidelity. Thoroughly researched and entertaining, the book leans heavily on countless interviews the author conducted with many of the programmers and artists responsible for those early ports to Atari, Nintendo, and Sega consoles. It is a real treat to hear their first-hand accounts -- and to be privy to the pride, reservations, and disappointments they ...more
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Some interesting stories, if you’re into the details of ports and console specific assembly written on impossibly tight schedules
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David L. Craddock lives with his wife in Ohio. He is the bestselling author of Stay Awhile and Listen : How Two Blizzards Unleashed Diablo and Forged a Video-Game Empire - Book I, and Heritage : Book One of the Gairden Chronicles, an epic fantasy series for young adults. Please follow along with him on his website/blog at DavidLCraddock.com .
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