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The 100 Greatest Console Video Games by Brett Weiss
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it was amazing

√ "Good, old-fashioned fun in a kill-or-be-killed format"

That title is from the 1983 "Artillery Duel," created by "Xonox."

This book provides an extensive look at 100 of the most popular games in that 10 year period. There are lots of fun pictures of the game apparatus, such as the controls or screen. Some highlights of the book:

♦ For each section, there is a discussion of the history of the game, the developers, playing technique, unique features, and why it was included in this book--"Why it made the list."
♦ For each game, Brett includes a photo of the actual game cover, cartridge, poster, or instruction manual.
♦ There is also a "Fun Fact" for each game. For instance, one of the author's favorites, Asteroids, was "one of the most successful coin-op games ever produced, selling more than 70,000 units to arcade operators and other buyers."
♦ Many of these games had primitive graphics, and sample screens are included to show just how far technology has advanced.
♦ Tips for successful play are included. For example, in "Artillery Duel," "toggle the powder charge" and be sure to take the wind speed into account.
♦ Tricks or Easter Egg secrets are also included where applicable.
♦ There is an extensive bibliography as well as index.

√ 100 GREATEST CONSOLE VIDEO GAMES is a well-researched, nicely designed book. Plus, a lot of fun to read! It would be great fun to have a party with a lot of these games around. Recommend!
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