More Retro Writings

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I’ve been doing some reading and I’ve got a couple more retro writings I have to share with you.

The first is Retro Gaming Hacks. It is by the same guy who wrote Game Console Hacking. While that book was about how to make classics consoles portable, this one is about how to play retro games in the modern times. It covers things like emulation (which he doesn’t seem to have a problem with), the Atari Flashback and other plug-and-play devices, and virtual consoles. It didn’t offer me anything I didn’t already know (my love for retro games had me stalking these dark alleys a long time ago) but it is still worth checking out.

The second is All Your Base Are Belongs To Us. This is a history of video games that focuses mostly on the story of the designers. The author doesn’t stay in the classic gaming era as much as I would like, but what he covers there is very interesting. It also inspired me to take a trip to Sunnyvale to see the old Atari offices.

The third is Whatever Happened To Pudding Pops?. This brand-new book gives little snippets about all kid-related things from the 70s and 80s. It doesn’t cover them in much detail, but it does cover them and brings back a lot of good memories in the process.

If you’re looking for a good read this weekend, I suggest one of these three, all of which can be found on Kindle as well as in hard copy.

P.S. I wrote earlier about Three 80s Editions. If you liked this post, you should check that one out.


5 Responses to More Retro Writings

  1. VicSage says:

    Another great heads up, Doug! I need to pick up that All Your Base Are Belong To Us…did you just pick them up online or at your nearest bookstore?

    Doug, I should have a review myself for Whatever Happened To Pudding Pops? in a week or two.

  2. Doug says:

    I got All Your Base on Kindle, Retro Games from half.com (I thought it would be more like the console book, actually hacking, so I thought there would be diagrams that I needed), and my wife (Hot Pink Heather) got my a hard copy of Pudding Pops (though I wanted the Kindle version). look forward to your review, Vic!

  3. robohara says:

    Just a head’s up — the first book you mentioned (Retro Gaming Hacks) actually features articles by dozens of different authors. I contributed two different chapters/articles regarding MAME.

  4. Doug says:

    Wow, just checked and it’s true. The author is listed as Kohler on the cover, but inside it lists several different contributors. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Doug says:

    Rob also wrote Commodork (which I’ve been seeing on Kindle for some time and just purchases) and Invading Spaces, which is about collecting arcade games. Should be plenty to interest us retroists there.

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