Vintage Games

I recently got a lot of Barnes & Noble and Amazon gift cards. I spent them all on ebooks, several of which were about vintage video games. One book I didn’t buy but was interested in was Vintage Games. Why didn’t I buy it? Because I could get it from the library and I’m cheap.
Vintage games covers a whole host of games from a whole host of systems across both the retro and the almost-current era. The book is divided into a series of chapters, each of which basically covers one genre (shooter, fighting, racing, etc.) These chapters are named for one game (Pole Position, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., etc) but typically cover many more (the Space Invaders chapter touches on Galaxian, Galaga, and other shooters).
A lot of the games in this book were not retro enough for me to be really interesting, but I liked the book enough to read all the chapters. If you’re interested in this book, you can find it in your local library as I did, buy it, or read some of the online bonus chapters which you can find here.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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3 thoughts on “Vintage Games

  1. When the first “retro” game on the cover is GRAND THEFT AUTO, I’m moving on past.

    Seriously, I consider GTA Vice City a “new” game because I bought it, never played it, and still have it sitting beside the computer to play one day when I feel like trying modern video games.

    This is as offensive to me as someone selling a set of gold 1980s light fixtures as “antiques.”

  2. @Doug I don’t think it makes you cheap if you can find it at the library. Not everything is available so why not take advantage of the public resources and spend the $ on books & other things that aren’t available, smart move I think.

    I checked the library for this and its available on which is a digital lender that works with your local library to offer free E books, audio books and some video. All you need is a library card.

  3. @Scott, yeah, many games were not retro enough for me (including GTA, which I bought in 2002 thinking it would be like Need For Speed), but others were. I don’t give negative criticism, so I didn’t really mention that or the couple of other things I didn’t like about the book, but it is still worth looking at if for nothing else then the nostalgia factor that I can’t get enough of.

    @SJ, getting things from the library rather than buying them isn’t the only reason I’m cheap! :-) Seriously, if you can get an e-version for free, I’d check it out.

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