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Replay

The History of Video Games
Lu par : Gary Furlong
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A riveting account of the birth and remarkable evolution of the most important development in entertainment since television, Replay is the ultimate history of video games. From its origins in the research labs of the 1940s to the groundbreaking success of the Wii, Replay sheds new light on gaming's past. Along the way it takes in the spectacular rise and fall of Atari, the crazed cottage industry spawned by the computers of Sir Clive Sinclair, Japan's rapid ascent to the top of the gaming tree, and the seismic impact of Doom. Replay tells the sensational story of how the creative vision of game designers across the globe gave rise to one of the world's most popular and dynamic art forms. Based on extensive research and more than 140 interviews, Replay includes insights from video game legends such as Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Will Wright - the creator of The Sims , Doom designer John Romero, and Hironobu Sakaguchi of Final Fantasy fame. Replay also includes a foreword by Richard Garriott (AKA Lord British).

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  • Jeffrey Webb
  • 26/10/2017

A fine addition to my game history collection.

It gives me gratification that the area I chose to specialize in during my graduate studies - The history of games and simulations- is now getting serious attention. This book covers some of the same ground as others I have read, but still manages to deliver points and anecdotes missed elsewhere. Lots of direct quotes from game developers and designers, and a good narrative of the rise and fall of game styles and genres. Not sure if this is the performer or the nook text, but there are some errors like "Planescape: Torment" being referred to as "Planetscape" etc. Other than those small errors, I enjoyed this book thoroughly.

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  • Devin
  • 17/01/2018

Excellent Book

I have quite a few gaming history books in my library but I think they are all Nintendo vs Sega and while the story is interesting it has been told numerous times. Replay on the other hand covers so many different topics (the European computer scene, arcades, etc..) that aren't covered that well elsewhere. The narrator is fantastic, great pacing, he just brought the book to life. I just can't recommend this book enough.

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  • Thomas
  • 27/09/2017

A Wonderful and Thorough Companion to Video Games

Focuses on all video games but covers the computer angle more thoroughly. Great narrator.
It's not as thorough on all the game consoles as "The Ultimate History of Video Games" but it branches more into computer games in the U. K. and many parts of Europe and gives a more thorough background into how computer culture influenced second generation consoles and on. Brings video games up to 2012 and the advent of indie games on Steam. "Ultimate History" ends with the death of Sega as a console producer. The two books complement each other nicely.

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  • Matthew
  • 12/03/2019

This is the one you are looking for

This text starts with he stone age of video games in the 50's and 60's and goes up to the indie game generation of the late 2000's and early 2010's. That's a lot of ground to cover and A LOT of people/companies/games to include, but Donovan's work manages to do it with aplomb. It maintains a breezy, big-picture narrative that is colored in by by interviews and testimonials from the movers and shakers of the game industry. This gives the book a good pace without making it drag.

If you are looking for an engaging and panoramic history of the video game industry, then this is the one.

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  • Ronald
  • 08/11/2018

Goes beyond your expectations in a good way

good narrator
good content
great job of building the history

only negative is that it can jump around a bit chronologically speaking, but does so to separate subjects

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  • Sarlac
  • 29/03/2018

This is the history to read.

Most books focus on the hardware and business. This is about that plus the art and the games. Very awesome book.

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  • Riot
  • 22/02/2018

Perfect!

Loved it! was able to relive many memories just by listening to the words and the brief but detailed account of so many good (and not so good) games

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  • robcat67
  • 23/05/2020

A thorough andwell organized history of videogames

This book gives a comprehensive history of videogames as well as the technologies used in it, their impact and relevance on society from a global perspective. Listeners will relive what they know with a deeper understanding and learn about much that that didn't know.

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  • T. Smith
  • 11/03/2020

Starts slow, gave good info, left me hanging

I've read a lot of these and know the material. It starts off slow and I was worried there wasn't going to be anything new. I was wrong, good info. What really left me nonplussed was this was published 3 years ago as of this writing and it stops short, way short of or current time. I feel they just stopped way too early as far as the content. It was nice hearing about countries other than the US and Japan.

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  • Lindsay
  • 08/10/2019

I'm not as interested in video gams as i thought

First and foremost, the narrator is wonderful. Gary Furlong's voice and accent is really lovely to listen to.

Ok, overall, the book is interesting, I just realized that I'm not as interested in video games as I thought I was. I did learn a lot reading this book and feel like I have a whole bunch of new anecdotes for parties. One struggle that I had with the book was the timeline jumping back and forth. Given that the history is pretty dense, and telling it all in a linear fashion would be very difficult, it makes sense to take one story and tell it, then rewind and take another story and telling, and so on and so forth. As I was reading it though, it was a little confusing. Other than that, the book was, albeit a little dry, enjoyable.