The Video Games Guide
1,000+ Arcade, Console and Computer Games, 1962–2012, 2d ed.
About the Book
The Video Games Guide is the world’s most comprehensive reference book on computer and video games. Presented in an A to Z format, this greatly expanded new edition spans fifty years of game design—from the very earliest (1962’s Spacewar) through the present day releases on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC.
Each game entry includes the year of release, the hardware it was released on, the name of the developer/publisher, a one to five star quality rating, and a descriptive review which offers fascinating nuggets of trivia, historical notes, cross-referencing with other titles, information on each game’s sequels and of course the author’s views and insights into the game.
In addition to the main entries and reviews, a full-color gallery provides a visual timeline of gaming through the decades, and several appendices help to place nearly 3,000 games in context. Appendices include: a chronology of gaming software and hardware, a list of game designers showing their main titles, results of annual video game awards, notes on sourcing video games, and a glossary of gaming terms.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: photos (125 in color), appendices, glossary, index
Copyright Date: 2013
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Key to Review Layouts 2
Guide to the Star Ratings 2
The Reviews 3
Between pages 128 and 129 are 32 pages containing 125 color plates
1: Video Games Chronology 337
2: Chronology of Computers and Consoles 354
3: Video Game Designers 361
4: Video Game Awards 370
5: Video Game Sources 371
Book Reviews & Awards
“Well written, comprehensive, and informative. Recommended”—Choice; “delightful…readability and accessibly of the text is high, as is the accuracy of the information included”—Reference Reviews; “a labor of love…excellent”—Star-Telegram; “Fox presents an alphabetical reference to computer and video games created from 1962, to 2012 for platforms ranging from Atari and arcades to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and PCs”—Reference & Research Book News; Reviews of the first edition: “brilliant”—BBC Radio; “indispensable”—GamesTM; “superb”—BBC Focus; “a must-have”—Retrogameplay.com; “comprehensive”—Ain’t It Cool News.