ARTCADE - The Book of Classic Arcade Game Art (Extended Edition)

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Back in 2015, Bitmap Books teamed up with arcade enthusiast Tim Nicholls to publish the first edition of Artcade, a labour of love that was born out of Nicholls’ quest to restore his massive archive of original arcade game artwork, comprised of titles from the last four decades.

Within this Extended Edition, we have been able to build on the amazing foundation laid down by Nicholls, massively expanding it with newly restored artwork and exclusive written content. Nicholls’ efforts to bring the artwork of classic coin-ops back to life remains at the core of this revised version, but it is accompanied by a wealth of additional art which has been kindly contributed to by other collectors, restorers and fans. As well as adding a larger selection of memorable marquee artwork, we’ve also included a lot more side panel and cabinet art this time around, giving you a better overall picture of the complete machine, and what it would have looked like in its full glory. Artcade Extended’s format has also been changed, in direct response to feedback on the first edition regarding images running across the spine. The design now has one image per page.

While the art naturally remains the main focus of Artcade, there’s a lot more written content to digest this time around, including a brand-new, exclusive interview with the legendary Larry Day, who worked on seminal titles such as Moon Patrol and the pinball machine Catacomb. Day’s insights into the history of the amusement arcade industry help bring these bold illustrations to life, while an in-depth ‘how-to’ chapter – with contributions from Escape Pod, one of the world’s leading creators of high-quality restored arcade artwork – serves as a great taster for those of you who are entertaining the idea of picking up a battered coin-op classic and bringing it back to life.

Artcade comes housed within a Glow-in-the-Dark slipcase made from heavy board that offers great protection to the book.

Book specifications
356 pages. 297mm × 155mm. Glow-in-the-dark heavy-board slipcase. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Spot-varnished cover. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Shrink wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

Extended Edition updates
In this new, improved edition, we’ve added more artwork, including marquee, side panel and cabinet art, along with new written content, including an interview with Larry Day and a new ‘how to’ chapter on resurrecting old coin-op game cabinets, with material by Escape Pod. In response to reader comments, the format has been changed to one marquee per page, without being obscured by the book’s spine.

Includes contributions from:
Python Anghelo, Larry Day, Damien McFerran, Tim Nicholls and Dan Soulsby.

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Matthew D.
I recommend this product

Wonderful Arcade Reference Book

I loved the layout, and it’s a great way to see the artwork from a ton of Arcade Classics. I especially liked the Reviews section, that had little bits of context for each item at the back of the book, so the pages with Marquees could focus on highlighting the artwork.

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Rafa C.
Spain Spain

ARTCADE - The Book of Classic Arcade Game Art (Extended Edition)

Simply wonderful, like those arcade machines that appear in the book.

Bruno L.
Portugal Portugal
I recommend this product

Arcade perfection

Arcade has always been a part of my life. But in Portugal there are no more games like these anymore. Truly sad about this. Anyway, the book is awesome and the pics are terrific... Reading it is just like a stroll in the rain... You never forget it.

Jacob R.
Denmark Denmark
I recommend this product

An object of beauty

Shipping was fast especially considering it went from the UK to mainland Europe (Denmark). It arrived in perfect condition packaged in a way where it is difficult to imagine anything happing to the product during shipping. Receiving products, in Denmark, from outside the EU is often a mess and very expensive due to custom fees. This was a worry I had when ordering from BITMAP BOOKS but my worries were put to shame. The parcel arrived without any hassle from customs and no extra fees besides what was paid when I ordered the product. Now on to the book itself. The quality is amazing, the paper, print, cover and the sleeve are all incredible. The glow in the dark print looks nice with lights out. For someone who grew up in the 80's its very nostalgic to flip through all the arcade art, finding things that I remember as well as designs that I had forgotten about or never seen. I love the BITMAP BOOKS products but the ARTCADE has a slight edge on quality compared to other BITMAP BOOKS that I have seen (which are also really good quality). In my opinion you can not go wrong with anything from BITMAP BOOKS and I will be ordering the Point & Click and CRPG books once they are reprinted.

Robert B.
United States United States
I recommend this product

I only wish it were longer.

A wonderful artbook, and an important one—arcade signage was as carefully calculated as any advertisement or marketing material, and deserves to be chronicled and separated. I hope Bitmap does a Vol. II soon—and Vol. III, and IV, and...