Blaze Entertainment have partnered up with Bitmap Books to bring us another visual compendium, and this one is a beast. The ‘Atari 2600/7800: A Visual Compendium’ book has over 528 pages full of pixel art, cover art, and product design from the Atari era. Throughout the pages, you’ll see over 200 games. This is the seventh book in the visual compendium series from Bitmap Books, which also covers the NES, C64 and more.
According to the product description, the book aims to ‘cover the highs and lows of what was a truly tumultuous period in video game history; an era which laid down the foundations for what has today become one of the world’s most popular forms of entertainment.’
It’s not just art either, the book will be filled with articles on third-party developers, interviews and special features covering things like prototypes and homebrew releases.
There are three versions of the ‘Atari 2600/7800: A Visual Compendium’ book available:
- Hardback – £29.99
- Softcover – £24.99
- Collector’s Edition – £49.99
The Collector’s Edition of the book will come with a set of 5 postcards, a bookmark and two A2 blueprint posters.
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A preface on Atari from Bitmap Books:
Atari’s early tenure as the video game industry’s leading light oversaw seismic change in what was still a very young and evolving sector. Not only was Atari’s VCS/2600 system the first piece of gaming equipment to truly dominate the living room, it also played host to some of the most iconic titles of all time, including Asteroids, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Defender, Joust, Pitfall!, River Raid and many, many more.
At its height, Atari’s name became synonymous with video gaming in the same way that Nintendo’s would a few years later, but the company – and the industry – fell just as swiftly thanks to the infamous North American video game crash of 1983. Even when faced with this catastrophic event, Atari soldiered on and, the following year, produced the powerful 7800 console – a machine that could easily have returned the firm to its former glory, had its launch in 1984 gone to plan.
The full list of contributions is as follows:
Lee Actor, David Akers, Allan Alcorn, Glenn Axworthy, Dona Bailey, Rex Bradford, Nolan Bushnell, Steve Cartwright, Osman Celimli, John Champeau, Samuel Claiborn, David Crane, Bob DeCrescenzo, Joe Decuir, Alex DeMeo, David Dentt, Michael Feinstein, Hal Finney, Will Freeman, Ed Fries, Rob Fulop, Peter Gaston, David Giltinan, Steve Golson, Craig Grannell, Andrew Hayward, Matt Householder, Larry Kaplan, Ray Kassar, Michael Katz, Sam Kennedy, Dan Kitchen, Garry Kitchen, Sam Kjellman, Dennis Koble, Tim Lapetino, Jamie Lendino, Jon Leupp, David Lubar, Doug Macrae, Alan Miller, Laura Nikolich, Chuck Peavey, Julian Rignall, Warren Robinett, Keith Robinson, Perry Rodgers, John Van Ryzin, Greg Sewart, Tom Sloper, Bob Smith, Cliff Spohn, Chris Spry, Dave Staugas, Tony Takoushi, Fred Thompson, Howard Scott Warshaw, Rob Wanenchak, Bob Whitehead, Phil Wiswell, Steve Woita, Robert Workman, Vladimir Zúñiga
The book will be an interesting summation of the Atari period, with plenty to dig our teeth into when it releases in April this year.
You can pre-order the book right here.