The Encyclopedia Of Game Machines (1972-2012)
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  • Consoles, handheld & home computers 1972-2012
  • First edition: 248 pages in full colour
  • From Atari to Sega, from Apple to Nintendo 3DS: The illustrated history of 450 machines with 600 pictures, history & technical data


40 years of onscreen fun and interaction: This book presents almost every game computer and console ever created, from Japan, USA, and Europe, along with classic software in its authentic, pixellated glory, and background information as well as key technical facts. More than 400 dream machines and million sellers, bizarre slip-ups and exotic variants are celebrated in full-color chapters with extensive appendixes. From Atari to Xbox360, from the C64 to Nintendo 3DS: Game. Machines are the reference point for members of the PlayStation generation; whether they’re gamers or collectors. Originally published in Germany, Game. Machines have been recognized as a `suitable reference´ and `recommended reading´ (by Germany's premier micro monthly C’t), as `very entertaining´ (Gamestar) and `compulsory reading´ (PlayZone) or simply as `Ace´ (ComputerBILD). Two years in the making, this greatly enhanced and revised edition invites you to a time journey across the video game era: From the 4-bit beginnings to the broadband future.

Press voices:

Your book is excellent!
— Martyn Carroll, Retro Gamer

Better than porn
— Neil McGreevey, The Irish News

Honestly? We think it's great (...) it's fantastic.
— Martin Mathers, GamesTM.

I've seen a lot of books written on the history of gaming, and yours is by far one of the most entertaining and informative.
— Roy Kimber, P2

The book is excellent — thanks very much (...) The Spectrum page really brought a tear to my eye.
— Jonathan,

One of my all-time favorite books: Everyone who plays games should buy a copy!
— John Szczepaniak, Gamasutra,

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further info

Official Release Date  Dec, 2011
Language  English
Genre  Misc. Book
Version  US
Pages  248
PAX-Code PAX0003534402
Catalog No.  ISBN0987830503
Item Code  9780987830500

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vanille-oerba (19) on 17, May. 2013 21:03 (HKT)
Nice book =D
Informative and fun to read! Get it as part of your collection =D
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kenghot (153) on 29, Aug. 2012 11:33 (HKT)
This game is awesome!!
This game is awesome!! Game play is amazing . I love this game really worth to buy.
[Do you think this review was helpful? ] (52) on 07, Aug. 2012 00:44 (HKT)
A must have game book!
Bible for all gamer!
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jazzmartini (101) on 10, Jul. 2012 18:17 (HKT)
If only if it bigger
The size of this is like 3/4 of an a4 size? Althought it full colour and rich but print might be kinda small due to the size.

But overall it great as it contain lot of retro info inside and some which i didnt even seen or heard before
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erick.gambini (1) on 05, Mar. 2012 08:23 (HKT)
Could be better
No hard cover, size is less than seem here, reviews seem wrote by nintendo and microsoft fan.
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