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Arcade Fever

    Arcade Fever

    Retro video game book

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      Unreconstructed video game junkie? Got your first ever repetitive strain injury on Pac-Man? Don't worry – you're not alone. Enter John Sellers (highest score on Donkey Kong – 266,400) a man who has constructively wasted many years inside an arcade and produced this colourful book as a result. Arcade Fever is the first tome of it's kind and makes for a fun-filled, action-packed ride through '70s and '80s arcade culture. There aren't any hints at how to 'win' these games (nor how to survive if you haven't seen daylight for 10 years), but all the usual suspects are here - Donkey Kong, O'bert, Track & Field (my favourite), Zaxxon and intriguing items like 'risque' shots of Princess Daphne.

      The joy of Arcade Fever is that it allows you to get all misty-eyed about the likes of Atari cartridges, outrageously-monikered arcade specimens and those appallingly catchy theme tunes. While the book is generously illustrated, Sellers also includes factual interviews with early arcade pioneers such as Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Eugene Jarvis (Robotron designer) and "Pac-Man Fever" composers Buckner and Garcia (not sure whether they should be admired or strangled). Plus the obligatory archive of video game lingo...yeahh! Hugely enjoyable, it's a video freak's game-fest and Sellers' prose reminds us of what it's like to be 15 again. Those were the days - Dig Dug, Karate Champ, singles and doubles...

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