A Brief History of Video Games by Richard Stanton

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This Brief History provides a unique look at the history and culture of video games, starting with the 1960s classics like Pong to modern favorites such as Grand Theft Auto V and Bioshock. Focusing on creative and scientific advances between 1962 and today, A Brief History of Video Games offers a global perspective on gaming’s past and its cutting-edge future with the evolution of virtual reality, 3D graphics, and thought-interface technology. It also addresses the design process from concept to packaging, considers the influence of manga and anime, and explores the relationship between video games and movies.

 

About Richard Stanton

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RICHARD STANTON was born in 1982 and read English at Balliol College, Oxford. He was features editor on Edge magazine, and since then has written about video games for the Guardian, Polygon, the New Statesman, and many other publications. He lives in Bath, UK, and in his spare time saves worlds and plays chess.
 
Published July 23, 2015 by Robinson. 368 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Science & Math.

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In his debut book, gaming journalist Stanton displays encyclopedic knowledge of video game history and, most important, relish for the games themselves. Sidestepping gaming's sociocultural impact—a topic belabored by countless other writers—Stanton focuses on how the games emerged, showing how so...

Jun 15 2015 | Read Full Review of A Brief History of Video Games