Montfort, Nick; Bogost, Ian -- Racing the Beam

Study of the history and technology of the Atari VCS ("Atari 2600"). In particular, discusses how the hardware -- intended to support the full range of games from Pong to Slight Variations Of Pong -- was brutally hacked by clever game designers, enabling them to write every game you remember that isn't Pong. Why are all the rooms and mazes in Adventure horizontally symmetrical? This book explains.

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