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I’m Too Young To Die: The Ultimate Guide to First-Person Shooters 1992–2002

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Bitmap Books proudly presents I’m Too Young To Die: The Ultimate Guide to First-Person Shooters 1992–2002. Covering the early, experimental years of the first-person shooter, we celebrate more than 180 games as we track the genre’s explosive entrance onto the ’90s gaming scene. Whether obscure oddities or genre-defining behemoths, first-person shooters transported players to alien worlds, alternate universes and the shores of Hell itself, and in doing so helped to trigger the 3D-graphics arms race.

Containing in-depth research and hundreds of screenshots, I’m Too Young To Die covers it all: the classics that defined the genre, including DOOM and Quake, Half-Life, Deus Ex, GoldenEye 007 and Halo; multiplayer-only games such as Starsiege: Tribes, Unreal Tournament and Quake III, along with mods like Counter-Strike and Team Fortress; experimental games that pushed the genre in new directions, including Gun Buster, Codename Eagle, Assassin 2015 and Trespasser; forgotten games like ZPC and ReVOLUTION; and hidden gems like Dust, Wrath of Earth and Azrael’s Tear.

I’m Too Young To Die begins in 1969 with the precursors to first-person shooters, charting the genre’s inception and evolution through maze and roleplaying games, early 3D experiments and light gun shooters, all leading to 1992’s Wolfenstein 3D and Ultima Underworld. We also cover the anatomy of the first-person shooter, asking what gives them their power to enthrall, their influence over 3D graphics and online gaming, plus a look at first-person shooters that were never released.

Along with a foreword by first-person shooter legend, John Romero, I’m Too Young To Die includes in-depth interviews with industry legends such as Ian and Chris Andrew (the Freescape games), Scott Miller (Apogee and 3D Realms), David Doak (GoldenEye 007 and TimeSplitters), Randy Pitchford (Gearbox Software), Karl Deckard (Metroid Prime and Valve’s Prospero), plus many more …

Priced at £32.49, I’m Too Young To Die is a 424-page hardback printed to the highest standards using special Pantone ink and high-quality paper, with an illustrated cover by videogame artist Ian Pestridge. As well as the Standard Edition, we offer a limited Collector’s Edition restricted to just 2,000 units.

Priced at £54.99, the Collector’s Edition includes the book, plus a series of ‘feelies’, such as an original, all-action, first-person shooter-themed comic illustrated by artist Simon Hayes, a bookmark, a set of art cards and a postcard, all housed in a presentation box designed to evoke the classic ‘big box’ PC games of the era. Each presentation box is printed on metallic silver paper giving a unique effect, then shrink-wrapped and finished with a holographic sticker confirming the rarity of the edition. Only 2,000 units of this Collector’s Edition will be produced, and once they’re sold, it will never be printed again.

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Includes interviews with:
David Doak, David Smith, Davor Hunski, Ian and Chris Andrew, James Hampton, John Howard, John Romero, Karl Deckard, Ken Levine, Ken Silverman, Randy Pitchford, Scott Miller and Warren Spector.

Book Specifications

Standard Edition: 424 pages. 210mm × 297mm. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Special Pantone ink used throughout. Hardback. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Spot varnished cover and dust jacket highlighting key elements against a matte background. Bookmark ribbon. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go. Volumetric weight: 3kg.

Collector’s Edition: the standard edition book, which is shrink-wrapped and enhanced by its 310mm × 395mm presentation box, printed on metallic silver paper. Each Collector’s Edition also includes a 16-page comic, a bookmark, a set of four art prints, a postcard and a free PDF for viewing on the go. Volumetric weight: 4kg.

Games featured

007: Agent Under Fire / 007: Nightfire / 007: The World Is Not Enough / 3D Monster Maze / 3-D Monster Chase / Alien Anarchy / Alien Breed 3D / Alien Resurrection / Alien Trilogy / Alien vs. Predator / Aliens versus Predator / Aliens vs. Predator 2 / Alternate Reality / America’s Army: Operations / Armorines: Project S.W.A.R.M. / Assassin 2015 / Atlantis - The Last Resort / Azrael’s Tear / BackTrack / Bard's Tale, The / Battlefield 1942 / Behind the Iron Gate / Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold / Blood / Blood II: The Chosen / Bloodshot / Bram Stoker’s Dracula / Carnivores / Castle Master / Catacomb 3D / Catechumen / Chasm: The Rift / Chex Quest / Clive Barker’s Undying / Codename Eagle / Codename: Outbreak / Colony, The / Command & Conquer: Renegade / Congo The Movie: The Lost City of Zinj / Corporation / Counter-Strike / Crime Crackers / Cybercon III / Cyberdillo / CyberMage: Darklight Awakening / CyClones / Cube / Daikatana / Dark Arena / Dark Side / Deadly Dozen / Defcon 5 / Delta Force / Depth Dwellers / Deus / Deus Ex / Die Hard: Nakatomi Plaza / Die Hard: Vendetta / Disruptor / Doom / Doom 64 / Doom II / Driller / Duck Hunt / Duke Nukem 3D / Dust / Ecks vs. Sever / Eidolon, The / Eradicator / Escape from Monster Manor / Extreme Paintbrawl / Exhumed / Forbes Corporate Warrior / Fortress of Dr. Radiaki, The / Genetic Species / Global Operations / Gloom Deluxe / GoldenEye 007 / Gore: Ultimate Soldier / Gun Buster / Gunman Chronicles / HacX / Half-Life / Halo: Combat Evolved / Heretic / Hexen II / Hexen: Beyond Heretic / Hidden & Dangerous / Hired Team: TRIAL GOLD / House of the Dead / In Pursuit of Greed / Iron Angel of the Apocalypse / Iron Storm / Isle of the Dead / Jumping Flash! / Jurassic Park / Ken’s Labyrinth / Kileak: The Blood / Killing Time / Kingpin: Life of Crime / KISS / Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child / Last Rites / Legends of Might and Magic / Lethal Tender / Lifeforce Tenka / Marathon / Mars / Maze War / Medal of Honor / Men in Black: The Series – Crashdown / Metroid Prime / MIDI Maze / Midwinter / Might and Magic / Mobile Forces / Mortyr 2094–1944 / NAM / Nemac IV / Nerf Arena / New World Order / Nitemare 3D / Operation Body Count / Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis / Operative: No One Lives Forever, The / Outlaws / Outtrigger / Pathways into Darkness / Perfect Dark / Phantom Slayer, The / PO’ed / Project I.G.I. / Quake / Quake II / Quake III: Arena / Realms of the Haunting / Rebel Moon Rising / Red Faction / Redline: Gang Warfare 2066 / Redneck Rampage / Requiem: Avenging Angel / Resident Evil: Survivor / Return to Castle Wolfenstein / ReVOLUTION / Rex Blade: The Apocalypse / Rise of the Triad: Dark War / RoboCop 3 / Saints of Virtue / Sensory Overload / Serious Sam: The First Encounter / Shadow Warrior / ShadowCaster / Shogo: Mobile Armor Division / SiN / Sniper: Path of Vengeance / 3Soldier of Fortune / South Park / Space Hulk / Space Hulk: Vengeance of the Blood Angels / Spectre / Star Cruiser / Star Trek: The Next Generation: Klingon Honor Guard / Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force / Star Wars: Dark Forces / Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II / Starsiege: Tribes / Strife / Substation / Super 3D Noah’s Ark / Super Spy, The / SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle / System Shock / System Shock 2 / Team Fortress / Terminator, The / Terminator: Future Shock, The / Terminator: Rampage, The / Terminator: SkyNET, The / Terra Nova: Strike Force Centauri / Thief: The Dark Project / Time Crisis / TimeSplitters / TimeSplitters 2 / Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon / Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six / Total Eclipse / Trespasser: The Lost World - Jurassic Park / Turok: Dinosaur Hunter / Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss / Unreal / Unreal Tournament / Wheel of Time, The / William Shatner’s TekWar / Witchaven / Wolfenstein 3D / Wrath of Earth / WWII Online: Blitzkrieg / XCom Alliance / XS / Z.A.R. / Zero Tolerance / ZPC.

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This first edition may have received minor updates when reprinted. If not specified here, these changes will not be significant, and likely be small text amends.

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