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If you’re a true gaming nerd you probably already know the history of video games. Then again, my boyfriend is a complete nerd when it comes to older systems (he has something like 400+ NES games) and he found some things in this history book that he didn’t even know. If that’s not enough to sell you on its importance, let’s take a look at what else is inside the pages of this interesting graphic novel.
Strategically designed like any other graphic novel, aside from the cover image one might think this was just an ordinary book for a comic book reader. However, it’s a history lesson within those art-covered, colorful pages It also has some extra elements you’ll surely love.
In the beginning, man created light. Light and electricity are two of the most important starting points in the history of video games, and this book, The Comic Book Story Of Video Games, starts right from that beginning. There’s no glossing over what needs to be known about the history of the video game, from arcades to home gaming systems. Everything gets covered in this story. It’s not boring, and you’ll find yourself glued to the pages.
It’s not just the history that will keep you interested. The artwork is stellar. As someone that has been reading comic books and graphic novels since the early 90s, I’ve seen some terrible comic artwork and there is none of that in this book.
There are “Spotlight” pages disbursed throughout the book that gives you a look at specific people that had a hand in the history and creation of video games, including Alan Turing, Ralph Baer, Nolan Bushnell, Larry Rosenthal, and John Carmack. You’ll also find some of your favorite video game characters hiding on the pages, like Charmander (Pokemon), Kirby, Sonic the Hedgehog, Angry Birds, and even Pacman.
No gaming style is left out. You’ll find board game tidbits, handheld system info, VR of the past, and even computer and smartphone gaming. Gaming has come a long way since the beginning, but it’s amazing that people can still play the way they did in the past too! We have plenty of "vintage" systems in our home.
This awesome book that needs to make a home in the collection of every gaming geek out there comes from Jonathan Hennessey and the art is by Jack McGowan. Hennessey has previous experience with graphic novel creation and seemingly a love for history. A couple of his other graphic novels include one on the U.S. Constitution and The Comic Book Story Of Beer (sounds like the perfect comic book for Homer Simpson). McGowan got his designing and illustrating start working in advertising, but he is now a freelancer. Comics and storytelling are a couple of his favorite places for creating art.
Not only are there a couple talented names behind this cool book, but it finishes off with an Index that you’ll be extremely thankful for. Want to go back and read about one specific game or game creator? Check the Index and find the exact page to flip back to. It’s as easy as that.
While my Atari 1600 and my Wii are the only gaming systems I regularly buy games for or lay my hands on, I still found this book to be a wealth of knowledge. The fact that I specifically requested it so that I could “gift” it to my gamer boyfriend doesn’t mean I didn’t have some initial interest. Luckily, he loved the book even more than I did. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this unbiased review. If you’re intrigued by my review, grab a copy for yourself.