Atari Book – The Art Of Atari – A Brief Overview (With Video!)

Atari has made a recent resurgence really. With the latest pieces of news around such things as the Atari Vault, a massive collection of some of the best Atari games ever mad. Which you can read of our review of it here. As well as the announcment of the latest in the Atari Flashback line and amazing Atari Flashback Portable that you can take anywhere you want with SD card support additonal games, which you can read an overview about them here!

So it seems like this the return year for Atari. And it’s not stopped either, chalk up another fantastic piece of Atari goodness onto that list! With what you ask? The Atari Book – The Art Of Atari of course!

This Atari Book – The Art Of Atari is one of the greatest books made in recent year due to the pure quality of the book itself. It’s nothing short of jaw dropping. Why is that? It’s due to the amount of love and care put into the book, and the BOATLOAD of information packed into the fantastic 300+ pages. It’s pretty much a text book documentary on Atari, the best Atari games, and the people who worked within Atari and so much more.


Atari is one of the most recognized names in the world. Since its formation in 1972, the company pioneered hundreds of iconic titles including Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command. In addition to hundreds of games created for arcades, home video systems, and computers, original artwork was specially commissioned to enhance the Atari experience, further enticing children and adults to embrace and enjoy the new era of electronic entertainment.

The Art of Atari is the first official collection of such artwork. Sourced from private collections worldwide, this book spans over 40 years of the company’s unique illustrations used in packaging, advertisements, catalogues, and more. Co-written by Robert V. Conte and Tim Lapetino, The Art of Atari includes behind-the-scenes details on how dozens of games featured within were conceived of, illustrated, approved (or rejected), and brought to life!


It really is the end all be all of all things Atari. Tim Lapetino and his team pretty much put their heart and soul into this book and it is showing in spades, my favourite part of the book is the high resolution images of some rather hard to secure pieces from classic Atari Games! Defender and Missle Command in my opinion have great examples of classic Retro Gaming artwork and I love it to bits. But to be able to read all the information behind these classic games is also a real treat. As they could of made a big book of classic artwork and left it at that, but they really went above and beyond for this book.

All in all it looks like this is going to a book to be cherished for years to come really! It’s a fantastic little love letter to everything Atari and could not be made anymore spectacularly presented than it already is, the cover art, the hardback form, the layout. It’s all just amazing and a must own! If you are looking for the perfect gift for this coming Christmas, then look no further than this Atari Book – The Art Of Atari! Order it here! Stock arriving mid next week!


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