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: Game On!: Video Game History from Pong and Pac-Man to Mario, Minecraft, and More

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Find out about the fast and furious growth and evolution of video games (including how they are quickly taking over the world ) by looking at some of the most popular, innovative, and influential games ever, from Pong, the very first arcade game ever, to modern hits like Uncharted. Learn about the creators and inspiration (Mario was named after Nintendo s landlord after he barged into a staff meeting demanding rent), discover historical trivia and Easter eggs (The developers of Halo 2 drank over 24, 000 gallons of soda while making the game), and explore the innovations that make each game special (The ghosts in Pac-Man are the first example of AI in a video game). Whether you consider yourself a hard-core gamer or are just curious to see what everyone is talking about, Game On is the book for you Game On : Video Game History from Pong and Pac-Man to Mario, Minecraft, and MoreBy Dustin HansenTable of ContentsA Living History: To Those that Came BeforeChapter 1: Pong 1972: Game, Set, MatchInsert: Hot Tub, Pool Tables, and Soda Machines (Game Developer Offices)Chapter 2: Space Invaders 1978: A First InvasionInsert: The Amazing Input/Output Machine (Tech Talk: Why are they VIDEO games? )Chapter 3: Pac Man 1980: Thank You PizzaInsert: Just One Byte (Top 10 Video Game Snacks)Chapter 4: Zork 1980: You are Likely to be Eaten by a GrueChapter 5: Donkey Kong 1981: It s On Like Donkey Kong Insert: Can I Take It Home? : The Atari 2600Chapter 6: E. T. The Extra Terrestrial 1982: Don t Phone HomeChapter 7: Super Mario Bros. 1985: The Plan, The People, and the PlumberChapter 8: The Legend of Zelda 1986: It s Dangerous to Go Alone Take This. Insert: Lefties Unite (Hero List)Chapter 9: John Madden Football 1988: It s In The GameInsert: The Madden Curse Chapter 10: Tetris 1989: Line Em All UpInsert: Games for Brains Chapter 11: Sonic The Hedgehog 1991: So Fast, You ll Need A Barf BagInsert: Every Hero Needs A Villain (Top Ten Video Game Villians)Chapter 12: Street Fighter II 1991: Hadouken Chapter 13: Mortal Kombat 1992: FATALITY : Violence and the ESRBInsert: ESRB Breakdown (Video Game Ratings)Chapter 14: Super Mario Kart 1992: An All-Star CastInsert: What is an IP? (Video Game Terminology)Chapter 15: MYST 1993: Get Lost in a Book. Literally. Chapter 16: Doom 1993: A Planet Full of GunsInsert: Art Meets Math (Tech Talk: 2D vs 3D art)Chapter 17: Tomb Raider 1996: A New Face, A New System, A New EraInsert: All I Need is a Hero (Top Ten Video Game Heroes)Chapter 18: Gran Turismo 1997: Gentlemen, Start Your EnginesInsert: The Battle Royale (Nintendo vs. Sony)Chapter 19: Final Fantasy VII 1997: Not as Final as You ThoughtInsert: I Can t Remember Why I Came Here (Tech Talk: What is RAM? )Chapter 20: Half Life 1998: Welcome to Black MesaInsert: Gabe Newell: Letti


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