178 pages of goodness taking in the C64, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST, Amiga, NES, SuperNes N64, MasterSystem, Megadrive, Playstation... etc. Featuring a history of the hardware & top games for each system it's a great read (note: it's £13+ online).
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Video gaming has evolved over the years to become a massive market, on course to overtake mainstream forms of entertainment such as films and music. "The Video Gaming Manual" reflects on the full history of the industry and provides an overview of key hardware, comprising an introduction and analysis, technical specifications, common problems (and, where applicable, solutions) and selected key software titles. Written by an author known and respected in the video gaming world, and supported by hundreds of carefully selected images, this fascinating retrospective will appeal to seasoned and casual gamers alike.
About the Author:
Joao Diniz Sanches is a freelance writer/journalist with a passion for all forms of video gaming. Since 1997 he has written extensively about video gaming, and is a former editor of Edge, one of the world's leading gaming magazines. Joao is the author of our well-received Driving Games Manual and lives in Somerset.