The Video Games Guide: from Pong to Playstation 3

January 18, 2007 at 11:16 am | Posted in Non-Fiction | Leave a comment

It’s an exciting time to be a gamer. The latest round of the games console war has kicked off with the X-Box 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii battling it out and the marketplace is about to be inundated with powerful computers due to the demands of Microsoft’s new operating system.

The Video Games Guide by Matt Fox covers the last forty years that have led us to this point. That’s not a typo – video games have been around that long. He includes a chronology of gaming history in the book, but the bulk of it is dedicated to reviewing hundreds of landmark games. I was glad to see he gave five stars to two of my favourites (Sid Meir’s Civilization series and Rome: Total War). While there are plenty of reviews available online for later games, many of the games covered were made before the advent of the internet and it is good to see a comprehensive record of their evolution.

It has to be said that Fox’s book is not the sort you would read from cover to cover. But it is perfect for dipping into now and then – if only to relive memories of feeding 20 cent pieces into a Space Invaders machine after a long day at school.

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