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Arcade Fever is a full-color illustrated history of video arcade games, with tributes to more than 50 classic games like Pong, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Q-Bert, Frogger, and TRON. Learn which game caused a yen shortage in Japan -- and which games inspired breakfast cereals, Saturday-morning cartoons, episodes of Seinfeld,and #1 pop-music singles. Meet the visionary musician Arcade Fever is a full-color illustrated history of video arcade games, with tributes to more than 50 classic games like Pong, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Q-Bert, Frogger, and TRON. Learn which game caused a yen shortage in Japan -- and which games inspired breakfast cereals, Saturday-morning cartoons, episodes of Seinfeld,and #1 pop-music singles. Meet the visionary musicians, writers, animators, cabinet artists, and other unsung heroes of the video game industry. The perfect gift for anyone who spent their childhood in video arcades, Arcade Fever is a pop-culture nostalgia trip you won't want to miss! John Sellers writes for Entertainment Weekly, Premiere, TV Guide, and other national magazines. He is also the author of Pop Culture Aptitude Test: Rad, 80s Version. He was the World Champion of Donkey Kong in 1983 and appeared on the television show "That's Incredible!"


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Arcade Fever is a full-color illustrated history of video arcade games, with tributes to more than 50 classic games like Pong, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Q-Bert, Frogger, and TRON. Learn which game caused a yen shortage in Japan -- and which games inspired breakfast cereals, Saturday-morning cartoons, episodes of Seinfeld,and #1 pop-music singles. Meet the visionary musician Arcade Fever is a full-color illustrated history of video arcade games, with tributes to more than 50 classic games like Pong, Space Invaders, Pac Man, Q-Bert, Frogger, and TRON. Learn which game caused a yen shortage in Japan -- and which games inspired breakfast cereals, Saturday-morning cartoons, episodes of Seinfeld,and #1 pop-music singles. Meet the visionary musicians, writers, animators, cabinet artists, and other unsung heroes of the video game industry. The perfect gift for anyone who spent their childhood in video arcades, Arcade Fever is a pop-culture nostalgia trip you won't want to miss! John Sellers writes for Entertainment Weekly, Premiere, TV Guide, and other national magazines. He is also the author of Pop Culture Aptitude Test: Rad, 80s Version. He was the World Champion of Donkey Kong in 1983 and appeared on the television show "That's Incredible!"

30 review for Arcade Fever: The Fan's Guide to the Golden Age of Video Games

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Fun. Frequently the subject matter is more evocative than the writing. Apparently Martin Amis wrote a guide to Space Invaders tactics in 1982. Apparently, his advice regarding Asteroids includes this: 'Don't go mad and reduce the whole screen to rubble- you'll find yourself dodging bricks, and will be stoned to death like an Iranian rapist.' Wow. The best parts of this book are interviews with the creators of legendary games and arcades. Some of the games deserve a more in-depth look- lengthy asi Fun. Frequently the subject matter is more evocative than the writing. Apparently Martin Amis wrote a guide to Space Invaders tactics in 1982. Apparently, his advice regarding Asteroids includes this: 'Don't go mad and reduce the whole screen to rubble- you'll find yourself dodging bricks, and will be stoned to death like an Iranian rapist.' Wow. The best parts of this book are interviews with the creators of legendary games and arcades. Some of the games deserve a more in-depth look- lengthy asides about how fat Mario is, and how weird it is that he is a plumber are old hat. As my friend Gary points out, the term 'fan's guide' is misleading in this respect. What fan I'd like more about the arcade behaviours and rules. Memories of big lads having high scores zapped by puny nerds.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    If you grew up in the 80s, and gaming and arcades were a pasion, this is a must buy!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Quinton Baran

    This is a fun, nostalgic (for me) book of the arcade era of video games, starting with some of the earliest cabinet games in the 1970's and going through to about 1985. Most games get a one - two page of text detail with several color pictures. There are also several interviews with industry leaders, tangential players, and people that have been involved with video game culture. This book is a quick, fun book to read and explore.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James Crabtree

    A fun book on the early video games. Absolutely loved it! Very well illustrated with color photos and artwork. I even loved Sellers' descriptions of the games. A great pop culture book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Read It

    What a simple book can do to bring back marvelous visuals from a childhood. Mr. Sellers gave reviews on the most popular games and gave some hall of shame introductions. I like his reviews on Laser Disc Video Game Systems like Dragon Liar and some notable others. Mr. Sellers gave some nice reviews and brought a smile to me face. In today's world, When I mentioned arcade, nobody knows what an arcades or was. a dam shame. Did nice reviews on Galaxian, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong. I never knew that Mario What a simple book can do to bring back marvelous visuals from a childhood. Mr. Sellers gave reviews on the most popular games and gave some hall of shame introductions. I like his reviews on Laser Disc Video Game Systems like Dragon Liar and some notable others. Mr. Sellers gave some nice reviews and brought a smile to me face. In today's world, When I mentioned arcade, nobody knows what an arcades or was. a dam shame. Did nice reviews on Galaxian, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong. I never knew that Mario was called Jump man. I loved the review on Punch out. I remember vivid and lucid memories walking home from the school and stopping in the hole in the wall arcades on the block. I remember playing Time Pilot for hours. What cherished memories I will never forgot.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Killerkobra

    Not much to read but some great pictures and overall nice design.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Asher Riley

    A great, fun to read, visual guide through the history of Golden-Age arcade gaming. A must own for those who are passionate about old school games.

  8. 4 out of 5

    James Wright

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    Laurel

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    Josh Hanagarne

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    Daniel Whicker

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    Timothy Whicker

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    David Glenn Dixon

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    Tev

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    Ben

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    Coral

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    Chris

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    Steve Pearce

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    Marc Hype

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