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Upcoming book, The Minds Behind the Games, examines video game history via developer interviews

The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Game Developers
This book will showcase over 50 interviews with some of the greatest minds in the video game industry, interviewed by Award-Winning journalist Patrick Hickey Jr.
Patrick Hickey Jr's upcoming book The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Game Developers, published by McFarland and Company, takes an unique path toward video game history. He lets the history unfold via game developer interviews with each chapter focusing on a specific game. You can pre-order the book on Amazon - to be released in February 2018.

The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Game Developers While many intricacies and behind-the-scenes stories of pop culture are widely known, That's not always the case in gaming. As the video game industry grows in epic leaps some of it's history gets left behind. Many of the developers who've made games during the last forty years are still with us. Some have moved on. Some have retired. And some are still making amazing games for today's platforms.

Rather than "teaching" us a history lesson, this book examines gaming from the creator's perspective via interviews with those who made the games you love to play. From the Atari 2600 to the SP4, Patrick Hickey Jr. lets each chapter focus on a single game with all-new exclusive interviews with developers like Yars' Revenge creator Howard Scott Warshaw to NBA Jam mastermind Mark Turmell and Mortal Kombat co-creator John Tobias. 

Mortal Kombat arcade game If you like to repeat the age-old nonsense about E.T. The Extra Terrestrial being the worst video game ever made, pay attention to the wise words of it's creator Howard Scott Warshaw. He also crated one of the best Atari 2600 games ever - Yar's Revenge!

We don't want to give away too much, but you'll delve into chapters about renown favorites as well as some unique gems. It's an eclectic mix of genres. The book assembles, and preserves, a history from many perspectives by those who influenced gaming's beginnings to it meteoric expansion and technical innovation - all through the eyes of game developers.

For more information about this book, follow The Minds Behind the Games Facebook page. From what I've seen it's as much a love letter to the history of video games as it is a serious look at issues and elements of the game industry. The folks interviewed not only created great games, they helped shape the industry in their eras and beyond!

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