All Your Base Are Belong to Us: How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture

By Harold Goldberg

Throughout the tales of gaming's maximum techniques and such a lot cherished creations, journalist Harold Goldberg captures the creativity, controversy--and passion--behind the videogame's meteoric upward push to the head of the pop-culture pantheon.

Over the final fifty years, games have grown from curiosities to fads to tendencies to 1 of the world's most well-liked kinds of mass leisure. yet because the gaming grows in several instructions and everybody talks concerning the increase of the instant, few discover and search to appreciate the forces in the back of this profound evolution. How did we get from house Invaders to Grand robbery vehicle? How precisely did gaming turn into a $50 billion and a dominant popular culture shape? What are the tales, the folk, the concepts, and the fascinations in the back of this fantastic growth?

Through broad interviews with gaming's maximum innovators, either its icons and people unfairly forgotten by means of historical past, your whole Base Are Belong To Us units out to respond to those questions, exposing the creativity, peculiar theories--and passion--behind the twenty-first century's fastest-growing medium.

Go contained in the production of:
Grand robbery car * international of Warcraft * Bioshock * Kings Quest * Bejeweled * Madden soccer * tremendous Mario Brothers * Myst * Pong * Donkey Kong * Crash Bandicoot * The seventh visitor * Tetris * Shadow complicated * Everquest * The Sims * and plenty of extra!

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