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Racing the beam : the Atari video computer system

Author: Nick Montfort; Ian Bogost
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2009.
Series: Platform studies.
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The Atari Video Computer System dominated the home video game market so completely that "Atari" became the generic term for a video game console. The Atari VCS was affordable and offered the flexibility of changeable cartridges. Nearly a thousand of these were created, the most significant of which established new techniques, mechanics, and even entire genres. This book offers a detailed and accessible study of this  Read more...
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Montfort, Nick.
Racing the beam.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2009
(DLC) 2008029410
(OCoLC)233798827
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Montfort; Ian Bogost
ISBN: 9780262254939 026225493X 9780262261524 0262261529
OCLC Number: 312933472
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 180 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Series Foreword; Acknowledgments; Timeline; 1 Stella; 2 Combat; 3 Adventure; 4 Pac-Man; 5 Yars' Revenge; 6 Pitfall!; 7 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; 8 After the Crash; Afterword on Platform Studies; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Platform studies.
Responsibility: Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost.
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