Game On!: Video Game History from Pong and Pac-Man to Mario, Minecraft, and More

368p. ebook available. further reading. photos. websites. Feiwel & Friends. Nov. 2016. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250080950. POP
Gr 4 Up—This zippy primer on video game development takes readers from the arcades of the 1970s to Minecraft and the future of gaming. Short, chronological chapters introduce iconic games that represent innovations in design, story, and player experience. The well-told origin tales are a fantastic mash-up of pop and gaming culture and reveal the dedication and creativity of industry leaders such as Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros. Each chapter builds on the last, tracing the development of gaming technology, including apps. Sectioning the information into easily digestible chapters, factoids, and lists and using a conversational tone, the book is accessible, even though the content is quite extensive. Visuals include screenshots and photos of consoles and controllers.
VERDICT This satisfyingly thorough and worthy addition to any collection is sure to please hard-core gamers and newbies alike.

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