The First Quarter : A 25-year History of Video Games

ISBN: 0970475500
ISBN 13: 9780970475503
By: Steven L. Kent

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The First Quarter is an informative and occasionally engrossing look at the first twenty-five years of the video game industry. It starts with a history of "arcade" games including pinball, without which video games would not exist.The stories feature the big players of the era. Atari, Nintendo, Sega and people like Trip Hawkins, the founder of Electronic Arts. They are all excellent.It's a good read if you lived through the era or if you're interested in the history of the Golden Age of video games.


Well-done book of the history of the first 25 years of video games. Very few flaws.


A really great read! Kent offers lots of nice details and, though his sources are rather limited, manages to create a lovely story full of colour and nostalgia. There are quite a few errors and typos (how many megabytes did the 2600 have, again? :D Or, Psygnosis was only known for Lemmings? Really?), but not to the point of distracting from the story.Highly enjoyable.

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