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Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System

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  • History of The Atari Video Computer System
  • Authors: Nick Montfort & Ian Bogost
  • Six game cartridges examined in detail

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This book offers a detailed and accessible study of this influential video game console from both computational and cultural perspectives. Studies of digital media have rarely investigated platforms–the systems underlying computing. This book (the first in a series of Platform Studies) does so, developing a critical approach that examines the relationship between platforms and creative expression.

Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost discuss the Atari VCS itself and examine in detail six game cartridges: Combat, Adventure, Pac-Man, Yars’ Revenge, Pitfall!, and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. They describe the technical constraints and affordances of the system and track developments in programming, gameplay, interface, and aesthetics.

  • History of The Atari Video Computer System
  • Authors: Nick Montfort & Ian Bogost
  • Six game cartridges examined in detail
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