Atari 2600/7800: a visual compendium

Atari 2600/7800: a visual compendium aims to showcase the very best pixel art, cover art and product design on each system. Spread over 528 pages, it features over 200 classic games, with articles on the leading third-party developers, interviews with key figures in the industry and features on subjects, such as cover art, prototypes and homebrew releases.

This book aims to cover the highs and lows of what was a truly tumultuous period in video game history; an era that laid down the foundations for what has today become one of the world’s most popular forms of entertainment.

Each version of the book comes with a free PDF.

There will be:

  • Hardback @ £29.99
  • Softcover @ £24.99
  • Collector’s Edition @ £49.99 which comes with a set of 5 postcards, bookmark and a pair of A2 blueprint posters (limited to 1,000 units)

Atari’s early tenure as the video game industry’s leading light oversaw a seismic change in what was still a very young and evolving sector. Not only was Atari’s Video Computer System/2600 system the first piece of gaming equipment to truly dominate the living room, it also played host to some of the most iconic titles of all time, including Asteroids®, Combat®, Air-Sea Battle, Yars’ Revenge®, Adventure, Missile Command® and many, many more.

At its height, Atari’s name became synonymous with video gaming in the same
the way that Nintendo’s would a few years later, but the company – and the industry – fell just as swiftly thanks to the infamous North American video game crash of 1983. Even when faced with this catastrophic event, Atari soldiered on and, the following year, produced the powerful 7800 console – a machine that could easily have returned the firm to its former glory, had its launch in 1984 gone to plan.

Book specifications
528 pages, 170mm x 230mm, 3mm protective board slipcase with lenticular fascia, Lithographic print, Hardback, Sewn binding, Spot varnish cover, Spot varnish dust jacket.

Includes contributions from
Lee Actor, David Akers, Allan Alcorn, Glenn Axworthy, Dona Bailey, Rex Bradford, Nolan Bushnell, Steve Cartwright, Osman Celimli, John Champeau, Samuel Claiborn, David Crane, Bob DeCrescenzo, Joe Decuir, Alex DeMeo, David Dentt, Michael Feinstein, Hal Finney, Will Freeman, Ed Fries, Rob Fulop, Peter Gaston, David Giltinan, Steve Golson, Craig Grannell, Andrew Hayward, Matt Householder, Larry Kaplan, Ray Kassar, Michael Katz, Sam Kennedy, Dan Kitchen, Garry Kitchen, Sam Kjellman, Dennis Koble, Tim Lapetino, Jamie Lendino, Jon Leupp, David Lubar, Doug Macrae, Alan Miller, Laura Nikolich, Chuck Peavey, Julian Rignall, Warren Robinett, Keith Robinson, Perry Rodgers, John Van Ryzin, Greg Sewart, Tom Sloper, Bob Smith, Cliff Spohn, Chris Spry, Dave Staugas, Tony Takoushi, Fred Thompson, Howard Scott Warshaw, Rob Wanenchak, Bob Whitehead, Phil Wiswell, Steve Woita, Robert Workman, Vladimir Zúñiga

Where to order / release date

  • The book (all editions) is available to pre-order now here
  • All editions will ship in April 2020

Matthew Wrightson

I have been playing games for over 30 years, I mainly focus on FPS, Sport and adventure type of games. When reviewing I keep an open mind and will write how I feel the game plays for me.

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