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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.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book offers a detailed and accessible study of this influential videogame console from both computational and cultural perspectives. Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost discuss the technical constraints and affordances of the system and track developments in programming, gameplay, interface, and aesthetics. --from publisher description.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Montfort; Ian Bogost
ISBN: 026201257X 9780262012577
OCLC Number: 233798827
Description: xii, 180 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Stella --
Combat --
Adventure --
Pac-Man --
Yars' Revenge --
Pitfall! --
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back --
After the crash.
Series Title: Platform studies.
Responsibility: Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost.
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