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Rubens, Alex,

8-bit apocalypse : the untold story of Atari's Missile command / Eight-bit apocalypse : the untold story of Atari's Missile command Alex Rubens ; with a foreword by Jeff Gerstmann. - First edition. - 254 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

Before Call of Duty, before World of Warcraft, before even Super Mario Bros., the video game industry exploded in the late 1970s with the advent of the video arcade. Leading the charge was Atari Inc., the creator of the iconic game Missile Command. The first game to double as a commentary on culture, Missile Command put the players' fingers on "the button," making them responsible for the fate of civilization in a no-win scenario, all for the price of a quarter. The game was a marvel of modern culture, helping usher in both the age of the video game and the gamer lifestyle. Taking readers back to the days of TaB cola, dot matrix printers, and digging through the couch for just one more quarter, 8-Bit Apocalypse combines Rubens knowledge of the tech industry and experience as a gaming journalist to conjure the wild silicon frontier of the 8-bit '80s. -- Adapted from the dust jacket.

9781468316445 1468316443

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019039495 Uk


Atari, Inc.--History.
Atari, Inc.
Atari, Inc--History.


Video games industry--History.
Arcades--History.
COMPUTERS / History.
GAMES & ACTIVITIES / Video & Electronic.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture.
Arcades.
Video games industry.


History.

HD9993.E452 / R83 2018

338.4/77948