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 More
By Dustin Hansen
Table of Contents
A Living History: To Those that Came Before
Chapter 1: Pong! 1972: Game, Set, Match
Insert: Hot Tub, Pool Tables, and Soda Machines (Game Developer Offices)
Chapter 2: Space Invaders 1978: A First Invasion
Insert: The Amazing Input/Output Machine (Tech Talk: Why are they VIDEO games?)
Chapter 3: Pac Man 1980: Thank You Pizza
Insert: Just One Byte (Top 10 Video Game Snacks)
Chapter 4: Zork 1980: You are Likely to be Eaten by a Grue
Chapter 5: Donkey Kong 1981: It's On Like Donkey Kong!
Insert: Can I Take It Home? : The Atari 2600
Chapter 6: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial 1982: Don't Phone Home
Chapter 7: Super Mario Bros. 1985: The Plan, The People, and the Plumber
Chapter 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 Game
Insert: The Madden Curse
Chapter 10: Tetris 1989: Line 'Em All Up
Insert: Games for Brains
Chapter 11: Sonic The Hedgehog 1991: So Fast, You'll Need A Barf Bag
Insert: 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 ESRB
Insert: ESRB Breakdown (Video Game Ratings)
Chapter 14: Super Mario Kart 1992: An All-Star Cast
Insert: 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 Guns
Insert: Art Meets Math (Tech Talk: 2D vs 3D art)
Chapter 17: Tomb Raider 1996: A New Face, A New System, A New Era
Insert: All I Need is a Hero (Top Ten Video Game Heroes)
Chapter 18: Gran Turismo 1997: Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
Insert: The Battle Royale! (Nintendo vs. Sony)
Chapter 19: Final Fantasy VII 1997: Not as Final as You Thought
Insert: I Can't Remember Why I Came Here (Tech Talk: What is RAM?)
Chapter 20: Half Life 1998: Welcome to Black Mesa
Insert: Gabe Newell: Letting off some Steam
Chapter 21: Dance Dance Revolution 1999: Step in a New Direction
Insert: Let's Get Physical (Top Ten Exercise Games)
Chapter 22: Pokemon Yellow 1999: Gotta Catch 'Em All
Chapter 23: The Sims 2000: Plenty of Room to Expand
Insert: The Killer App (Video Game Terminology)
Chapter 24: Grand Theft Auto III 2001: Hijacked!
Insert: We're All a Bunch of Cheaters (Top Ten Cheat Codes)
Chapter 25: World of Warcraft 2004: WoWzers!
Chapter 26: Halo 2 2004: One Down, 50 Billion to Go
Insert: Prepare to Be Sorted (Types of Gamers)
Chapter 27: Guitar...