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Hi All


I've just finished 'Jacked' by David Kushner on GTA (upto GTA IV)

Was an OK read - could have been better but I enjoyed it.

Anyone read his 'Masters of Doom'? Any good?


I have got Tony Temple's 'Missile Commander' to go next.


But wondered if anyone could throw some recommendations my way for some summer Retro Game/Tech Themed garden reading with a beer 🍺


Many TIA :)


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It's Behind You.


A book about the creation of R-Type on the Spectrum. It's great. And free. 





Welcome to a site that's all about a book what-I-wrote called IT'S BEHIND YOU, which I'm sorry to say has absolutely nothing to do with theatres and pantomimes but everything to do with old computer games, or rather one in particular. Back in the 1980's and 90's I was what was used to be called a bedroom-coder and I made a living writing computer games for some of the simple home computers around at the time on behalf of established software companies in a self-employed or freelance capacity. IT'S BEHIND YOU is specifically about a game called R-Type I wrote back in 1988 for the then Sir-less Clive Sinclair's ZX Spectrum home computer when I was just starting out in the business and was employed (I use the term loosely) by a company called Catalyst Coders.


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Been reading a few gaming books lately.


Itchy Tasty is a great in-depth look at Resident Evil up to RE4.


Life is a Game is an inspiring look at the life and games of Mev Dinc, from his days growing up to working with Activision/Electric Dreams in the 80s and then running his own studio, Vivid, in the 90s.


If you're of an 8-bit bent I can also heartily recommend Hints & Tips for Videogame developers by Andrew Hewson and the story of Automata Deus Ex Machina, by Mel Croucher.


Also another vote for the fab Games That Weren't.


If you're after something a little more nostalgic, there's Hey! Listen! by Steve McNeil which is a sideways take on gaming in general and very funny to boot.


Of course there are loads of great books from Fusion Retro Books, but as I've contributed to some of them I'll just leave this link here to those: https://fusionretrobooks.com/ and there's also Bitmap books of which this is my fave: https://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/products/sinclair-zx-spectrum-a-visual-compendium


I'm just about to start Arcade Imperfect by Jerry Ellis and Andrew Fisher which is all about arcade conversions, and that looks very nice too.


I'm sure there's some more lurking on my shelf but think that will do you for now!




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Here’s another new addition to my Retro Shelf, Deus Ex Machina - The Greatest Game You’ve Never Played written by Mel Croucher. The founder of Automata and serial entrepreneur reveals how he made the groundbreaking 1980s game that combined non-violence, Shakespeare and a synchronised audio soundtrack that includes a former Dr Who. And how he turned to Kickstarter to remake it.



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  • 7 months later...
On 05/03/2022 at 18:51, merman said:

The latest from Bitmap Books: Go Straight - The Ultimate Guide To Horizontally Scrolling Beat ‘Em Ups by Dave Cook.




Good book? Been musing over whether to pick it up

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3 minutes ago, watusi said:


Good book? Been musing over whether to pick it up


The video is an unboxing and first impressions, only just started reading. So far it’s great.

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Cool, I have quite a few bitmap books, they are lovely but they do seem to very between too picture heavy, too word heavy and that lovely sweet spot. This seems more in the middle.


Whilst I'm here the geek line series of books are awesome:









Not cheap but a huge amount to read and lots of amazing photos of old things. I have the PSX, gamecube, SNES and PC-Engine ones - wasn't a fan of the N64 edition but then I'm not a fan of N64.



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