Atari 2600/7800: a visual compendium

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During Atari’s early tenure as the video game industry’s leading light, it oversaw seismic change in what was still a very young, still-evolving sector. Not only was Atari’s VCS/2600 system the first piece of gaming equipment to truly dominate the living room, it also played host to some of the most iconic titles of all time, including Asteroids, Space Invaders, Pac-Man Defender, Joust, Pitfall!, River Raid and many, many more.

At its height, Atari’s name became synonymous with video gaming in the same way that Nintendo’s would a few years later, but the company – and the industry – fell just as swiftly, thanks to the infamous North American video game crash of 1983. Even when faced with this catastrophic event, Atari soldiered on and, the following year, produced the powerful 7800 console – a machine that could easily have returned the firm to its former glory, had its launch in 1984 gone to plan.

This book aims to cover the highs and lows of what was a truly tumultuous period in video game history, an era which laid down the foundations for what has today become one of the world’s most popular forms of entertainment.

Atari 2600/7800: a visual compendium aims to showcase the very best pixel art, cover art and product design on each system. Spread over 528 pages, it features over 200 classic games, with articles on the leading third-party developers, interviews with key figures in the industry and features on subjects such as cover art, prototypes and homebrew releases.

Book specifications
Hardback: 528 pages. 170mm × 230mm. 3mm protective board slipcase with “animated” lenticular fascia. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Spot varnished cover and dust jacket. Two bookmark ribbons. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

Softcover: 528 pages. 170mm × 230mm. 3mm protective board slipcase with “animated” lenticular fascia. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Spot varnished cover and dust jacket. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go. 

Includes contributions from:
Lee Actor, David Akers, Allan Alcorn, Glenn Axworthy, Dona Bailey, Rex Bradford, Nolan Bushnell, Steve Cartwright, Osman Celimli, John Champeau, Samuel Claiborn, David Crane, Bob DeCrescenzo, Joe Decuir, Alex DeMeo, David Dentt, Michael Feinstein, Hal Finney, Will Freeman, Ed Fries, Rob Fulop, Peter Gaston, David Giltinan, Steve Golson, Craig Grannell, Andrew Hayward, Matt Householder, Larry Kaplan, Ray Kassar, Michael Katz, Sam Kennedy, Dan Kitchen, Garry Kitchen, Sam Kjellman, Dennis Koble, Tim Lapetino, Jamie Lendino, Jon Leupp, David Lubar, Doug Macrae, Alan Miller, Laura Nikolich, Chuck Peavey, Julian Rignall, Warren Robinett, Keith Robinson, Perry Rodgers, Greg Sewart, Carol Shaw, Tom Sloper, Bob Smith, Cliff Spohn, Chris Spry, Dave Staugas, Tony Takoushi, Fred Thompson, John Van Ryzin, Howard Scott Warshaw, Rob Wanenchak, Bob Whitehead, Phil Wiswell, Steve Woita, Robert Workman and Vladimir Zúñiga.

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Wim v.
I recommend this product

Revisiting the 70s

The book gives a brilliant overview of the rise of Atari, its iconic games but also its blunders, ET being one of them according to some (I think ET was brought to a too early grave). The book’s artwork is amazing and the interviews with some of the old Atari crew are quite impressive. A must-have for any old retro-games fan. Reading the book brought me back to the 70s and inspired me to hook up my Atari 2600 woody to my 4K tv and play Donkey Kong and Pac-Man for hours and hours

Nicholas T.
Canada Canada

Best In The Series (and the collection already had a high-bar!)

Although this covers the oldest games, this was the best book of the series (so far). A world of interesting facts and stories - and as beautifully produced as the other books.

Zhivko G.
Bulgaria Bulgaria

You need it.

I didn`t know I like Atari until this book... I had a console clone as a child but never gabe it the attention it deserves. This book showed me what I have missed. Quallity miles above than most books on the market, great writing, many, many games and even more staff you have not expected. Buy this book until it is present. Masterpiece!

Zhivko G.
Bulgaria Bulgaria
I recommend this product

Trully good!

I`ve never been a fan of Atari as I am a bit younger ( I`ve had a clone Atari console, though I was not that impressed with its games ). What was my syrprise when I opened this treasure.... so nice quallity, so nice interviews, so many interesting stories, so many games.... Combine this with a great paper quallity, very good game selection and a trip to your memories, all for 30-or so pounds. Buy this book no matter what you think of Atari. It`s that good.

United Kingdom United Kingdom

Fantastic book!

Experience was excellent!.This book of excellent quality, very well produced and packaged.