We’ve got our hands on the new ‘Atari 2600/7800: A Visual Compendium’ book from Bitmap Books, and it’s safe to say – this one is a real treat! As we mentioned when it was revealed, this book is stuffed with insight and imagery that will fill the heart of any Atari fan with joy.
Check out a video of the ‘Atari 2600/7800: A Visual Compendium’!
If the video wasn’t enough for you – we’ve also included a gallery below for even more looks at the new book. If this is your first time hearing about it, let’s give you a bit more of a description of what’s inside, straight 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.
This 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.
Atari 2600/7800: a visual compendium aims to showcase the very best pixel art, cover art and product design on each system. Spread over 528 pages, it features over 200 classic games, with articles on the leading third-party developers, interviews with key figures in the industry and features on subjects, such as cover art, prototypes and homebrew releases.
You can pick up your copy from Bitmap Books, with pre-orders shipping this month!
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