The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977 – 1987 (Book Review)

A couple of months back you might recall the post I did for the Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition and while attending the event one of the awesome people I was able to have a chat with was Brett Weiss, who as it turned out was not only a fan of the Retroist podcast but an accomplished Author with 6 books to his name including his incredible Classic Home Video Games series (Which I bought) as well as Retro Pop Culture A to Z: From Atari 2600 to Zombie Films.

All images courtesy of Brett Weiss.
All images courtesy of Brett Weiss.

Brett just recently was kind enough to ask if I would like to review “The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977 – 1987” that was released back in August by Schiffer Publishing. Brett’s magnificent 224 page tome is a book that gives due respect to each entry in the Author’s 100 greatest list and I’m talking about detailed history of each game with creater info, sequels, ports, and quotes from industry professionals about the particular game title. Brett is a respected Author in the industry, so much so that his book is prefaced by none other than Walter Day of Twin Galaxies game.

Brett Weiss - Walter Day

The games that made the book’s 100 list and the kind of runner-up list in the appendix with “The Next 100” are of course Brett’s personal 100 greatest list but since he has a 15 year career writing about this wonderful form of electronic entertainment I am sure you will agree with his choices for the most part like I did. The games range from 1977 to 1987 as it clearly states on the cover so the console systems covered are from the Atari 2600 up to the Nintendo Entertainment System. Some of the titles that made the list include Adventure, Berzerk, Choplifter, Donkey Kong 3, Gradius, H.E.R.O., the Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Missile Command, Mr. Do!, Pepper II, River Raid, Shark! Shark!, Star Castle, and Yar’s Revenge.

Much like his previous Classic Home Video Games series if you are a fan of classic gaming you truly owe it yourself to head out to your local book store and pick up a copy or visit this link to Amazon. With not only the vast knowledge of gaming history that Brett has supplied as well as the beautiful photos of the box art and game images for almost every title there really is no reason you shouldn’t have this tome on your bookshelf.

You should also head over to Brett’s Words of Wonder site and check out some of his articles that he has written that cover everything from his love of movies to comic books. I very much look forward to his future books and they will most certainly have a place in my collection.


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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