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Revisit the Atari of old with this new retrospective from Bitmap Books.

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Atari 2600/7800: a visual compendium
Bitmap Books

Revisit the Atari of old with this new retrospective from Bitmap Books.

We’re not convinced by Atari’s weird new console, speaker hats or hotels, but sign us up for this beautiful new retrospective of the company’s golden age from Bitmap Books.

Atari 2600/7800: a visual compendium features high-resolution screenshots, cover art, and product design examples from the early years of console gaming. The compendium runs to over 500 pages and covers more than 200 classic games. It also features interviews and articles from industry luminaries including Larry Kaplan, Michael Katz, Warren Robinett, Ray Kassar, to name just a few.

Bitmap Books say the compendium “aims to cover the highs and lows of what was a truly tumultuous period in video game history.”

Atari 2600/7800: a visual compendium will be available in hardback and softback formats and comes safely tucked into a protective board slipcase with a lenticular fascia. The limited-run Collector’s Edition includes five postcards, a bookmark, and two of A2 blueprint a. Every copy also comes with a free PDF.

Bitmap Books has previously published compendiums covering classic consoles and computers including the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, NES, SNES, and Sega Master System. If the new release is up to the same standard, it will be something to treasure for retro gaming enthusiasts.

The compendium is available to pre-order now from Bitmap Books and will be released in April 2020.


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