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Are you still looking for the right book on video games and consoles that is high quality and informative at the same time? Do you still need a present for Christmas or your friend's birthday? Then you should check out the offer from Bitmap Books look at! Especially retro gamers who like pixel games from old PCs and consoles like Amiga, NES, SNES and Commodore 64 will find a lot there. There is also a compendium on the major topic of “Point and Click”, which shows old and new games and their backgrounds. You can get more information in the following text, about the Bitmap Books Amazon shop you come directly with this link.
The Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES for short, was also offered as Famicom (short for Family Computer) in some countries. In this compendium of Bitmap Books you will not only find information, technical details and pictures of the console, but above all high-quality prints of graphics of the games along with background information about them. Entire sidescroller levels are even printed on fold-out pages. And even fan art and other pop culture implementations of games are included. A great book if you, your significant other or someone from your circle of friends is / is interested in gaming. Check it out.
As the successor to the aforementioned game system, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES for short, or the Super Famicom has gone down even more in the history of gaming. Visually, this console has set new standards and has already worked towards 3D graphics, even if these were not yet based on polygons. In addition to the first Mario Kart, Street Fighter II and similar classics, the “Visual Compendium” from Bitmap Books shows other games, information about their history and portraits of developers such as “enix”. Pictures of the book and the possibility to buy it, can be found with this link.
Bitmap Books has also published a high-quality illustrated compendium for the classic computer - of course, they did not miss the chance to adapt the word Commpendium with another m so that it comes close to Commodore. In addition to many other programs and virtual helpers, the C64 also produced many games. Not least because the PC made it easier for hobby programmers to develop their own games, which ideally found approval in studios where they could be professionally produced. What's behind the machine and its games you read in this book.
Not enough Commodore yet? Then there is a com (m) pendium with this book, but this time it deals with the Commodore Amiga, which was sold in different versions from the mid-80s to the mid-90s. In the already known principle, the machine itself is discussed, but the majority of the games and the programs associated with them are dealt with. Large-scale printed screenshots and beautifully presented covers complete the offer. As in the other volumes, information on developers and interviews with people who are familiar with the console and software are also included. Insight you get with this link.
From arcade machines to home consoles to handhelds, NEOGEO has an interesting history behind it. This is presented in “NEOGEO: A Visual History” by Bitmap Books in a very attractive visual manner. It even includes high-quality scans of original Japanese advertisements promoting slot machines from the past. Definitely a must for fans and collectors! If this is not yet convincing: the concept drawings for some games are also published in the book. So an all-round package for retro gamers and also for (budding) game developers. Look and buy you can do it at this point.
Bitmap Books also offers several other compendia besides those for NES, SNES, Commodore computers and NEOGEO. However, this should cover the most popular machines at this point. With “The Art of Point-and-Click Adventure Games” I would like to introduce you to another title that deals with the well-known and popular video game genre “Point and Click”. For a couple of years it has been perverted by so-called "hidden object games", but there are still the good classics (Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island, Sam and Max Hit the Road, etc.) as well as good new titles. These are summarized with pictures, screenshots, interviews and more - you can have a look here.
Of course, this post isn't the first look at nerd and gamer books here on the blog. Over the years I have presented one and the other book on the subject. So if you already have all of the above-mentioned Bitmap Books books on your shelf, then take a look at these posts:
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