Do you want to know everything about video games? No worries, Régis Monterrin has thought of you, and he offers you this little bible on the history of this art.
Video Games Generations
Régis Monterrin is not his first attempt, he has already written a number of books on video games. He gives us here a point in two parts. The first tells us about the history of video games, it’s very well done because it is very well documented. Without any pretension, I thought I was in the field but thanks to him I discovered other things.
It starts with William Higinbotham. It’s a nice thing because this physicist started to think about video games to forget that he contributed to the development of the atomic bomb. We thus discover his famous works on Tennis For Two on an oscilloscope. We obviously continue with Ralph Baer. Vintage photos are fabulous. The author then takes us on the roads of the arcade before moving on to home consoles with, as a star, the Atari VCS 2600. But the author does not forget what brought high the colors of video games in the 1970s-1980s: personal computers. We are obviously talking about Apple but also Commodore. It is all fascinating. As, moreover, the chapter on virtual reality, chapter which taught me a lot.
We then move on to the second part which is devoted to the different game tools: consoles, microphones,… It covers the historical manufacturers: Atari, Nintendo, Sega, Sony, Microsoft… In the Atari part, I really liked the passages on the Atari ST, nostalgia obliges. Ah Xenon 2 ! For each console, for each computer, we focus on its star games. Simple but effective. There is even a section dedicated to the other consoles which have marked the gaming world and there is the PC Engine!
What a pleasure ! The book is well written, never boring, always fascinating. The illustrations are varied and all gamers will find what will please them: old game covers, tasty advertisements, historical photos. Of course, we can always do more (thus, a sequence dedicated to the MSX would have pleased me), but it would take an encyclopedia to cover this whole art!
Note that the book will be exclusively for sale here from October 29, 2020.
Régis Monterrin – October 29, 2020 – GM Editions – 288 pages