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February 27, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The Coleco Chameleon debacle to be detailed in a must-read book, Smoke and Mirrors - The Rise And Fall Of A Serial Antipreneur

The Coleco Chameleon book, Smoke and Mirrors - The Rise And Fall Of A Serial Antipreneurs
A legendary scam in the history of video gaming is heading to a book store near you.
I'm very excited for the release of Mike James' book about the Coleco Chameleon's short-lived attempt at becoming a game console. Smoke and Mirrors - The Rise And Fall Of A Serial Antipreneur looks at Mike Kennedy's attempt to fool the world into believing in a non-existent product.

I Wanted To Believe

When I first heard of the Retro VGS, I thought the concept was genius - almost too good to be believed. It was re-imagined as the Chameleon after a licensing deal with Coleco. But something just wasn't right...

Mike Kennedy was know in the gaming world from Game Gavel and Retro Magazine. His brilliant idea began sliding into oblivion. Was he in too deep? Had he mortgaged his life to make this happen? Would he stop at nothing to keep investments alive? It became clear there was nothing he wouldn't do to keep hope alive. Hope died long before the project met it's demise.

The best worst scam in video game history!

It Was Not Believable

Skepticism about the console's progress and viability was met with wild lies, fake images and a Super Nintendo board hidden inside a Jaguar case. The fakery was epic. the lies were bold. This is gong to be a great book!

Author Mike James, first experienced gaming in the late 70s and is the co-founder and co-host of the Retro Gaming Roundup podcast. He's written a 340-page book chronicling the Chameleon's epic failure - a book that was ten years in the making, two years of writing, and based on twenty-three hours of interviews. I can't wait to read this book!

The Coleco Chameleon book, Smoke and Mirrors - The Rise And Fall Of A Serial Antipreneurs Smoke And Mirrors book

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