Do you remember what it was like when computers were new? When they seemed mysterious and exciting? Did you ever pass a grotty C15 tape around the schoolyard, or make a shop assistant quietly seethe as you asked them to load 'Manic Miner' on the computer? If you have ever had a magical garning moment - then "The A-Z of Classic Computer Games" is the book for you! Prepare to download a diverse and highly entertaining plethora of computational nostalgia that includes sections on: The Computers: Looking back at the systems of yore from Acorn to the ZX Spectrum and assessing which consoles were corkers and which were just plain rubbish; The Games: From the banal ('Metagalactic Llamas Battle at the Edge of Time') to the anal ('Strip Poker'), all the most important and best-remembered titles will be lovingly recalled and humorously dissected; Amusement Arcades: The best games, the most frightening boys and the rules of engagement; and The Social Mores: Dads believing they should be the family expert, the parlance of pirated games, computer fads.
Also included are: The Future: From Making The Most Of Your Micro to the hysteria about virtual reality - we will remember today how yesterday once thought tomorrow might look; and The Paraphernalia: Joysticks, tape boxes, manuals, computer characters, colour protection codes, TV ads, magazines and loads of other ancillary ephemera.
Jack Railton is the pen-name of Jack Kibble-White, who reviews and writes about popular culture for magazines, websites and television. He is the co-author of the book TV Cream: The Ultimate Guide to '70s and '80s Pop Culture.