A History of Video Games in 64 Objects ๐Ÿ“•Review

A History of Video Games in 64 Objects cover

Author: World Video Game Hall of Fame
Series: N/A
Genre: Nonfiction, Video Game
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Published: May 29, 2018

Glorious video games have been a large part of my life since I was 5 years old. They give me worlds to escape to when I’m sick of dealing with grim reality. A great coping mechanism, let me tell ya!

This book was a fun read and I learned a lot about the history of this medium that means the world to me. From the birth of pinball to the Grand Theft Auto controversies, it seems that even from the get-go video games have struggled to find their place in the entertainment world. Apparently, useless politicians have always loved using them as scapegoats…

The focus on showcasing 64 objects was a neat format to use. I honestly had to stop myself from tracking down some things on eBay… I also liked how the book made it a point to talk about some of the great contributions female game developers have made to the medium, even near the dawn of the video game industry when it was seen as a “men’s only” club.

Overall, this is a great read for anyone who wants to learn about how video games came into existence. A physical copy of the book would look amazing on anyone’s game collection shelf!

My rating: 4 out of 5 Stack oโ€™ Books Emojis โ€“ ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“šโš‰

Check it out on Goodreads if youโ€™re interested in learning more.

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"Lightning" Ellen

My name is Ellen, and I've been babbling on the interwebz about video games for over 15 years. Video games themselves have been a large part of my life since 5-year-old me first encountered a SNES in a children's hospital. Fun times... Video game escapism is still the #1 coping mechanism for adult me these days.

20 thoughts on “A History of Video Games in 64 Objects ๐Ÿ“•Review”

    1. It was hard to tear myself away from video games to read this so I totally understand, haha.

      I still need to read Game of Thrones… I’m probably the only person in the world who hasn’t gotten into that fandom yet. Oops!

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      1. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing! I haven’t read it yet but “A History of Video Games in 64 Objects” looks so interesting. I will definitely consider it. Speaking of Game of Thrones, the book and the TV series are amazing. A fan here! Not only that, it also has a game version by Telltale Games.

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        1. And thank you so much for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know what you think if you check it out.

          Oh and maybe the Game of Thrones game will be the best way for me to get into this fandom. Hm. ๐Ÿค”

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  1. I think one of the problems with these print books about video games is similar to the problem with getting into computer science; before you know it, the book is outdated due to the rapidly evolving nature of the medium. To be fair, that probably applies to most history books โ€“ particularly ones detailing entire mediums. I can imagine it would be quite strange to read an acclaimed book about film from the fifties and not have it mention the New Hollywood era. Still, this one does sound like it makes for an interesting read, and it does have an interesting take on the subject, electing to detail the history through objects.

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    1. Great point! I probably learned more from your reviews of the King’s Quest series than I did from their part in this book, too ๐Ÿ™‚

      Now that I think of, the publishers probably like that. It means they can always publish, and make money off, new editions ๐Ÿค”

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          1. I read some of the graphic novels that Dark Horse publishes and I thought they were pretty good ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t gotten into any of the books though I am interested in trying one. I write reviews for almost everything I read on Goodreads so if you ever have/make an account on there and want to be friends, just let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚

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