The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution

The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution


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A complete, illustrated history of video games--highlighting the machines, games, and people who have made gaming a worldwide, billion-dollar industry/artform--told in a graphic novel format.

Author Jonathan Hennessey and illustrator Jack McGowan present the first full-color, chronological origin story for this hugely successful, omnipresent artform and business. Hennessey provides readers with everything they need to know about video games--from their early beginnings during World War II to the emergence of arcade games in the 1970s to the rise of Nintendo to today's app-based games like Angry Birds and Pokemon Go. Hennessey and McGowan also analyze the evolution of gaming as an artform and its impact on society. Each chapter features spotlights on major players in the development of games and gaming that contains everything that gamers and non-gamers alike need to understand and appreciate this incredible phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399578908
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 338,528
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

JONATHAN HENNESSEY is the author of three previous nonfiction graphic novels, The U.S. Constitution, The Gettysburg Address, and The Comic Book Story of Beer, as well as the history-based time travel series Epochalypse. Based in Los Angeles, he works in film and television. After receiving a BFA in illustration from Syracuse University, JACK MCGOWAN worked in-house for the Buffalo design firm Wynne Creative Group. Now freelance, McGowan focuses on drawing pictures, collaborative projects, and bringing a human story back into marketing and branding.

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The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Wanderlustlover More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Jonathan Hennessey, Jack Mcgowan, Ten Speed Press, and NetGalley for allowing me the extreme pleasure of access to an advanced reader copy of “The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution” for an honest review. This was a dense, but well laid out documentary in comics about the history of video games. I would recommend it to those who love both of those things, and would be excited to see them cross, and reflect upon each other from their different media formats, but it did not end up being the sort of thing I liked very much. I found myself losing steam several times, which lead to several accounts of putting it down and picking it up, putting it down and picking it up. I like the idea, but somehow it just didn’t grab me very well. I’m uncertain just who it is written for, and how I’d known what kinds of students in my classroom, or people in my life, to recommend it for.
CuteEverything More than 1 year ago
What an excellent and engaging way to tell the story of the history of video games! Everyone in my family has been very interested in this book, definitely a big hit in my house. It’s nice to see my kids truly enjoying a book of any sort It was amazing how involved the video game industry is and I learned so much from the explanations of its origins. I think the idea of using graphic novels to teach kids (and adults!) is fantastic. As a visual learner myself, as well as having several visual learner children, I know having the images in the book will help us to remember the information much better. Great book, well done and with tons of info!
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
“The Comic Book Story of Video Games” is definitely not light reading, but it is entertaining and full of information. I believe I learned something new on almost every page. This is perfect for kids interested in engineering and technology, as well as adults. It could also fit easily into a STEM curriculum. Highly recommended for all of us video game nerds out there! This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.