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High Score!: The Illustrated History of Electronic Games, Second Edition

0072231726


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Book Description
In this lavishly illustrated full-color retrospective, discover never-before-seen photos that bring to life the people and stories behind the most popular games of all time, including Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Centipede, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, SimCity, Quake, Myst, Tomb Raider, and more. This is the inside scoop on the history, successes, tricks, and even failures of the entire electronic games industry.

From the Back Cover

The Ultimate History of Electronic Games

“This is a great work that shows the humanity, creativity, and passion inside the art and business of games. The public is playing a lot of games today, and Rusel's and Johnny's fine book gives them a terrific look behind the scenes.” --Trip Hawkins, founder of Electronic Arts and 3DO

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The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon and Beyond...The Story Behind the Craze that Touched Our Lives and Changed the World
Steven L. Kent
0761536434
October 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this rollicking, mammoth history of video games from pinball to Pong to Playstation II Kent, a technology journalist and self-professed video game addict, covers almost every conceivable aspect of the industry, from the technological leaps that made the games possible to the corporate power struggles that won (and lost) billions of dollars. Anecdotes are legion. Readers learn that early Atari, for example, had the corporate climate of a dot-com startup, with rampant drug use and meetings staged in outdoor hot tubs. The original name for Pac-Man turns out to be Puck-Man; its creators changed the name after worrying that vandals in arcades would replace the P with an F. In 1978, there were so many people playing Space Invaders in Japan that the game caused a national coin shortage. Kent meticulously documents...


War of the Ancients, Book Two
Richard A. Knaak
0743471202
Nov 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
THE BURNING LEGION HAS COME. Led by the mighty Archimonde, scores of demonic soldiers now march across the lands of Kalimdor, leaving a trail of death and devastation in their wake. At the heart of the fiery invasion stands the mystic Well of Eternity -- once the source of the night elves' arcane power. But now the Well's energies have been defiled and twisted, for Queen Azshara and her Highborne will stop at nothing to commune with their newfound god: the fiery Lord of the Burning Legion...Sargeras. The night elf defenders, led by the young druid, Malfurion Stormrage, and the wizard, Krasus, fight a desperate battle to hold back the Legion's terrible onslaught. Though only embers of hope remain, an ancient power has risen to aid the world in its darkest hour. The dragons -- led by the powerful Aspect, Neltharion --...


Grand Theft Auto : San Andreas(TM) Official Strategy Guide (Signature)

0744004292


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Book Description

BradyGames' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Official Strategy Guide includes the following:THE MISSIONS: We'll guide you through three cities, a sprawling wilderness, and loads of action. Where to go, who to meet, and what to do to earn the most cash and respect.THE MAPS: The most complete visual reference for San Andreas. Each city and territory is charted to detail every square mile. Find everything. THE EXTRAS: The missions are just the beginning. We reveal a lifetime of diversions by covering all the odd jobs, extra missions, Unique Jumps, and Bonus Items San Andreas has to offer.THE VEHICLES: A virtual showroom of every mode of transportation at your disposal.THE SECRETS: Every city has its hidden spots that only the locals know about. We show you where they are. Find every gang tag, collect every oyster and...



SIMS 2: Open for Business: Prima Official Game Guide
Greg Kramer
0761553207
February 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Business is Booming!

·Information to help you choose the right business for your Sims(TM).
·Strategies for understanding what customers want, from pricing to environment.
·Make your showrooms sparkle with elevators and other build mode tools.
·Talent Badges secrets to help you train employees to be more efficient.
·New objects and socials catalogued for easy reference.
·Remote Management details so you can grow your business from small shop to huge chain!


Computers, crime and the law. (column) : An article from: The Futurist [HTML]

B000924SBQ


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Book Description
This digital document is an article from The Futurist, published by World Future Society on September 1, 1990. The length of the article is 814 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Book Review Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.Citation Details
Title: Computers, crime and the law. (column)
Author: Gareth Branwyn
Publication: The Futurist (Magazine/Journal)
Date: September 1, 1990
Publisher: World Future Society
Volume: v24 Issue: n5 Page: p48(1)Article Type: columnDistributed by Thomson Gale

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Our experience shows that many computer hacker suspects are no longer misguided...



Halo: First Strike
Eric S. Nylund
0345467817
December 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
The Human-Covenant war rages on as the alien juggernaut sweeps inexorably toward its final goal: destruction of all human life!

Halo has been destroyed, and the threat it posed to sentient life, neutralized. But victory has come at a terrible cost for the UNSC. Thousands of valiant soldiers fell in the battle to prevent the alien construct from falling into the enemy’s clutches.

Now, everything depends on the Spartan known as the “Master Chief.” Yet even with the aid of the artificial intelligence Cortana, the Master Chief will be hard-pressed to rescue survivors and evade the Covenant ships patrolling the remains of Halo in debris-strewn space.

Ahead lies a dangerous voyage home, through a gauntlet of Covenant forces. For the sake of all, the Master Chief and his...


The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Official Game Guide)
Peter Olafson
0761552766
March 21, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Find Your Path

* Detailed maps for every part of the world and every major city, plus special maps for every key section of the main quest.

* Specific chapters on how to create your character and maximize your abilities and skills.

* Over 300 full-color pages packed with information on everything you need to know about the massive gameworld of Oblivion.

* Walkthroughs for every quest in the game, including the main quest, all faction quests, as well as miscellaneous and freeform quests.

* Sections on various gameplay systems including stealth, combat, magic, enchanting, alchemy, and more.

* Detailed bestiary chapter to help you best deal with the denizens of Tamriel and Oblivion.


Harry Potter Scene It Deluxe DVD Game Tin
Screenlife LLC
1933318139
April 2006
Other Format
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Guild Wars with Poster
David Ladyman
0761548904
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
·Analysis of every profession
·Complete skill list
·PvP tips and tactics
·Highly detailed area maps
·Complete storyline mission walkthroughs (including bonus missions)
·Removable world map*
* Not available in the eguide


Star Wars: Battlefront II: Prima Official Game Guide
Michael Knight
0761551662
November 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Fight the Star Wars® battles any way you want to.


·Tips for earning all Medals and obtaining the rank of General
·Strategies for every multiplayer game type, including Conquest, 1-Flag CTF, 2-Flag CTF, Hunt, and Assault
·Comprehensive walkthrough for solo missions
·Detailed maps for all battlefronts, showing locations of command posts, vehicle spawn points, and support droids
·Tactics for obtaining Hero status and keeping it longer
·Detailed vehicle, weapon, and troop stats
·Exclusive tips from the LucasArts Testers


The Sims 2: Nightlife: Prima Official Game Guide
Greg Kramer
076155145X
September 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Make it a night to remember
·Complete catalog of over 125 new Objects and Items
·Details on the new Pleasure and Aspiration
·Create the ultimate social butterfly with details on fun group outings night after night
·Send your Sims to the fanciest restaurant and the dingiest dives in the new downtown neighborhood
·Build the downtown of your dreams
·Become a true creature of the night—live the life of a vampire or a partier
·Be a winner at the dating game with tips for supercharging romantic pursuits


Kingdom Hearts II Official Strategy Guide (Bradygames Signature Series)
BradyGames
0744005264
March 27, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
BradyGames’ Kingdom Hearts II Official Strategy Guide includes the following: Walkthrough & Area Maps: This Signature Series guide includes complete coverage of every world in the game. Includes subtle hints for area-specific objectives, detailed strategies and tips, and illustrated maps packed with callouts!   Gummi Ship Foldout: Two-sided foldout contains expert tactics to decisively win each Gummi Ship battle, plus cool artwork of the heroes in their alternate costumes!   Expert Boss Tactics: Game-tested strategies and tips to deveat the game's evil minions. These proven techniques and tips will ensure a quick and painful demise for every boss!   Bestiary: A comprehensive analysis of each enemy in the game, including their strengths, weaknesses, and attacks.   Gummi...


Kingdom Hearts Official Strategy Guide
Dan Birlew
0744001986
Sept 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
BradyGames' Kingdom Hearts Official Strategy Guide provides an all-inclusive walkthrough to help players successfully seal all the worlds, and area maps of each world that illustrate all key items. Hidden U.S. bosses, including Sephiroth, are revealed! Complete mini-game coverage of 99 Dalmatians, Jungle Slider, Mushrooms, and many more. The Gummi Garage shows gamers the ins-and-outs of building their own gummi ships. Exhaustive inventory and item lists. Plus-a bestiary, trinity locations, and magic spells. This Signature Series guide features a special cover treatement, bonus content, and a Sticker Activity Journal, to help players track their progress in the 99 Dalmatians mini-game. Gamers won't miss a single Trinity Mark with this cool poster!

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Tomb Raider: Legend : The Complete Official Guide
Lara Croft
076155324X
April 11, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
The Legend Uncovered

·Highlighted references lead to the 49-page Extras chapter, which not only explains how to collect each Gold, Silver, and Bronze reward, but also reveals every single unlockable feature in Tomb Raider: Legend.
·Back cover foldout features multiformat control instructions and a map legend for easy reference.
·Piggyback's signature three-level tab system facilitates easy access to all sections of the guide, such as the illuminating How to Play chapter, individual level walkthroughs, the Secrets section, and the revealing Behind the Scenes interview feature.
·Concept art, sketches, renders, and illustrative hi-res screenshots make every page an individual and visually rich experience.
·Authoritative, all-encompassing walkthrough offers...


Pokemon Emerald Version: Prima Official Game Guide
Prima Temp Authors
0761551077
April 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
It's a Team Aqua and Team Magma rematch!
·Tips for collecting the 200 + 2 Pokémon to complete the Hoenn Pokédex
·How to clear all 7 Battle Frontier arenas and get the Silver Symbols
·Detailed walkthrough guides you through story mode
·Maps cover every region, including all-new, as-yet-unexplored areas
·Field, Battle, and Contest moves lists, plus Items list
·How to play Pokémon Emerald with Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire, Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen, and Pokémon Colosseum


Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire
Elizabeth Hollinger
0761542566
Mar 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Defeat Team Aqua and Team Magma!
·Tips for winning the Pokémon Contests
·Locations to all Secret Bases and Battle Towers
·Thorough Pokédex, featuring Ruby and Sapphire Pokémon, with locations, statistics, and skills
·Strategy to win all 2-on-2 battles and beat all enemy Pokémon Trainers
·Complete walkthrough of the vast new Pokémon world, including all cities, towns, streets, and dungeons
·Detailed moves list
·Tips to capturing, evolving, and customizing your Pokémon
·Detailed charts for Technical and Hidden Machines


Star Wars Roleplaying Game
Bill Slavicsek
078692876X
May 2002
(Hardcover) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
Revised and updated with new information from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, including game statistics, characters, creatures, and vehicles.

Containing all the rules needed to play the popular Star Wars Roleplaying Game, this rulebook has been updated and expanded to include changes based on customer feedback and all-new Star Wars: Attack of the Clones material. The book spans all Star Wars eras, including The Rise of the Empire era, The Rebellion era, and The New Jedi Order era, with material that has never been compiled into a single source.

Added features of the revised rulebook include rules for playing droid characters, a new starship combat system, and expanded creature design rules. New species, skills, feats, character classes, prestige classes, and equipment will be...


Pokemon Fire Red Version / Leaf Green Version: Prima Official Game Guide
Manufactured by Prima Publishing
0761547088
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Catch 'Em All Over Again!
·Extensive strategy for new and veteran Pokémaniacs
·Massive walkthrough with stats on every enemy
·Exclusive maps to help you navigate each area
·Detailed battle tactics for dominating your Pokémon® Ruby & Sapphire—playing friends!
·Essential PokéDex, featuring stats and how to catch


Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
David Cassady
1566867142
August 28, 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
This Squaresoft-sanctioned book on one of the most highly anticipated console games ever does not disappoint. Those who have managed to obtain a copy of the game (descriptions of rioting and fighting upon the retail release of Final Fantasy IIV sound like sheer hyperbole, but probably aren't) will find plenty of helpful clues, maps, and general game play advice. Those less fortunate can at least take solace in--or further whet their appetites with--the hundreds of beautiful glossy screen shots that fill each chapter.

Book Description
With the Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide gamers have the opportunity to save their world from an evil corporation which is siphoning off energy from the planet. Complete walkthroughs and all the maps help players navigate the game. ...


Guild Wars Factions : Prima Official Game Guide
Cory Herndon, Bobby Stein
0761553835
April 25, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
1 New Continent, 2 New Professions, A World of Possibilities

·Pull-out map of Cantha
·Written and designed by the development team at ArenaNet
·Complete skills list for all professions
·Battle and mission strategies
·Comprehensive history of the continent of Cantha
·Item stats, collector locations, and a creature compendium


God of War (with DVD): Prima Official Game Guide
Manufactured by Prima Games Staff
0761551336
March 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Whom the Gods Would Destroy, They First Make Mad — Euripides, 480 - 406 B.C.
·All treasures chests revealed
·Maps of every level
·Extensive Art collection with developer commentary
·Challenge of the Gods, secret costumes, and more
·Classic Mythology history and factoids
·Every foe's strengths & weaknesses revealed


World of Warcraft(r) Official Strategy Guide
Michael Lummis
0744004055
Nov 2004
Paperback
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Book Description

BradyGames' World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide includes the following:Maps of each city and region, with call outs for characters, quest locations, dungeons, and more.Essential stats and strategies for each of the 8 races and 9 classes for both the Horde and Alliance factions.Must-have quest data - - contacts, quest type, item rewards and more.Profession sections provide data on products, requirements and item components.Weapon, armor and item tables, ability and spell lists, and bestiary.
Platform: PC

Genre: MMORPG

This product is available for sale worldwide.


About the Author
Blizzard Entertainment (www.blizzard.com), best known for their series Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®, is a division of Vivendi Universal Games), a...



Kingdom Hearts II: Limited Edition Strategy Guide
Manufactured by BradyGames
0744006244
March 2006
Paperback
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KINGDOM HEARTS Chain of Memories Official Strategy Guide (Signature Series)
Beth Hollinger, Greg Sepelak
074400473X
December 3, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
BradyGames' KINGDOM HEARTS Chain of Memories Official Strategy Guide includes the following: Complete Walkthrough: Successfully battle through all 13 floors of Castle Oblivion! Complete Card Listing: Leave no card unturned! Every card is revealed. Plus, game-tested deck construction tips! All Secrets Revealed! Learn how to access all secrets, plus strategies and tips to get through the game. All Sleights: Annihilate every Heartless and boss with cool card combos. Boss Strategies: Take down the most powerful bosses with top-notch fighting techniques. Bestiary: Complete listing of every Heartless in the game. ...


Resident Evil 4 with Poster
Dan Birlew
0744005574
Oct 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
BradyGames’ Resident Evil 4 Official Strategy Guide includes the following: A comprehensive walkthrough leading players through the entire game. Expert boss tactics to defeat all beasts, including the new enemies. Highly detailed maps. Complete item and weapon rosters, bestiary, and character bios. Signature Series guide includes bonus coverage, an exclusive foldout and more! Platform: PlayStation 2 Genre: Action/AdventureThis product is available for sale in North America only.


Elder Scrolls III The Morrowind Prophecies: Game of the Year Edition (Official Strategy Guide) (The Morrowind Prophecies, Bloodmoon and Tribunal)
Peter Olafson (Author)
B000BNZMK4

Paperback
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Book Description
Xbox and PC complete coverage. Morrowind Prophecies series including Bloodmoon and Tribunal expansions. Detailed maps of every area, all quests solved, all alchemy, armour and weapons detailed.


Game Programming Gems 6 (Book & CD-ROM) (Game Development Series)
Mike Dickheiser
1584504501
March 7, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Welcome to the sixth volume of the Game Programming Gems series. With team sizes constantly expanding, developers are finding themselves pushed to become increasingly specialized. This makes it important to have cutting-edge, ready-to-use material in your specialization, as well as resources that you can call upon if you need to work outside your area of expertise. Volume 6 has been explicitly designed with your current challenges in mind. With the new generation of machines, players expect higher-fidelity models and animations, fancier physics and graphics effects, and more intelligent AI. All of these capabilities require robust teams and longer schedules, so to help ensure that your games are still delivered on time and on budget, you?ll find 50 all new articles written by experts in game technology from many...


Programming Game AI by Example
Mat Buckland
1556220782
November 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
This book describes in detail many of the AI techniques used in modern computer games, explicity shows how to implement these practical techniques within the framework of several game developers with a practical foundation to game AI.

From the Inside Flap
"Programming Game AI by Example stands out from the pack by providing industrial-strength solutions to difficult problems, like steering and goal-oriented behavior. Mat guides the reader toward building a foundation robust enough for real games. This book is a must-have for anyone new to the field, and has tips for the seasoned professional as well. I wish I had read it eight years ago!" ---Jeff Orkin, AI architect, Monolith Productions, No One Lives Forever 2 and F.E.A.R "...a nice combination of a lot of really useful...

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