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SPACE BATTLE: The Mattel Intellivision and the First Console War

From the tense foreboding of Night Stalker to the competitive thrill of NFL Football, Mattel’s Intellivision rocketed into homes across the U.S. in the early 1980s and transformed video gaming. It packed superb arcade action and thrilling family entertainment into one 16-bit system with the industry’s first voice synthesis and controls unlike any other console.

Read a free excerpt on ExtremeTech

The cover of Breakout (Second Edition), which shows an Atari 800 sitting on a black desk.

BREAKOUT: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation (SECOND EDITION)

The Atari 400 and 800 signaled the start of a new era in computing. Breakout is the first book to cover what made Atari’s groundbreaking computer line great—and it's now in a thoroughly expanded and revised edition with new mods, add-ons, community sites, podcasts, and detailed write-ups of 60 more Atari 8-bit games than before.

Read a free first-edition excerpt on TechCrunch

Read a free second-edition excerpt on ExtremeTech

The cover of Starflight, which shows a bunch of DOS game boxes flying in space

STARFLIGHT: How the PC and DOS Exploded Computer Gaming

No one saw it coming. At its launch in 1981, IBM’s original Personal Computer was an expensive business machine—not a gaming behemoth of the kind you saw from Apple, Atari, Commodore, and Tandy. But by 1990, the PC had trampled all its competitors and become the gaming juggernaut it remains to this day.

Read a free excerpt on PCMag

The cover of Attract Mode, which shows an abstraction of three arcade machines next to each other in an arcade

ATTRACT MODE: The Rise and Fall of Coin-Op Arcade Games

From their haunts in the shadowy corner of a bar, front and center at a convenience store, or reigning over a massive mall installation bursting with light, sound, and action, arcade games have been thrilling and addicting quarter-bearers of all ages ever since Pong first lit up its paddles.

Read a free excerpt on ExtremeTech

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The cover of Faster Than Light, which shows an Atari 1040ST sitting on a mahogany wood desk.

FASTER THAN LIGHT: The Atari ST and the 16-Bit Revolution

“Power Without the Price.” Every Atari fan remembers that slogan from the 1980s as the rallying cry for 16-bit computing in the form of the Atari ST. This groundbreaking computer brought previously unimagined power to the home user for the first time—and transformed an industry or two along the way.

Read a free excerpt on ExtremeTech

The cover of Adventure, which shows an Atari 2600 Heavy Sixer sitting on a desk with an Adventure cartridge on top.

ADVENTURE: The Atari 2600 at the Dawn of Console Gaming

The sprawl of Adventure. The addictiveness of Breakout. The intensity of Space Invaders. Once upon a time, you could only experience this kind of excitement at the arcade. But in 1977 that changed forever. You, and maybe a friend or a sibling, could instantly teleport from your own living room to a dazzling new world—with nothing more than a small plastic cartridge.

Read a free excerpt on TechCrunch

Read Jamie's 45th-anniversary 2600 feature on PCMag

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