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"This is one of the highest quality and most beautiful collections of retro game images ever compiled.  More important than the imagery (at least in my opinion) I find it to be factually precise, recording the stories and history from those days with an accuracy seldom seen." David Crane – game designer and co-founder of Activision

"The presentation is just amazing; the imagery, the depth of content from the designers/developers, the very cool lenticular cover, the protective sleeve. Just WOW.Garry Kitchen – game designer and co-founder of Activision

"The book looks incredible! So much detail and work went into this." Bob DeCrescenzo – game designer and programmer

Atari’s early tenure as the video game industry’s leading light oversaw seismic change in what was still a very young and evolving sector. Not only was Atari’s VCS/2600 system the first piece of gaming equipment to truly dominate the living room, it also played host to some of the most iconic titles of all time, including Asteroids, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Defender, Joust, Pitfall!, River Raid and many, many more. 

At its height, Atari’s name became synonymous with video gaming in the same way that Nintendo’s would a few years later, but the company – and the industry – fell just as swiftly thanks to the infamous North American video game crash of 1983. Even when faced with this catastrophic event, Atari soldiered on and, the following year, produced the powerful 7800 console – a machine that could easily have returned the firm to its former glory, had its launch in 1984 gone to plan. 

This book aims to cover the highs and lows of what was a truly tumultuous period in video game history; an era which laid down the foundations for what has today become one of the world’s most popular forms of entertainment.

Atari 2600/7800: a visual compendium aims to showcase the very best pixel art, cover art and product design on each system. Spread over 528 pages, it features over 200 classic games, with articles on the leading third-party developers, interviews with key figures in the industry and features on subjects, such as cover art, prototypes and homebrew releases. 

Book specifications
528 pages, 170mm x 230mm, 3mm protective board slipcase with lenticular fascia, Lithographic print, Hardback, Sewn binding, Spot varnish cover, Spot varnished dust jacket.

Collector's Edition
Limited to just 1,000 units, we've devised a special Collector's Edition of Atari 2600/7800: a visual compendium that comes with the hardback book, a free bookmark, A2 (594mm x 420mm) 2600 Blueprint poster, A2 (594mm x 420mm) 7800 Blueprint poster and a pack of 5 
postcards – each one featuring an iconic Atari game. Note that the posters come rolled in a heavy duty tube and the postcards come within a polythene bag for protection.

Includes contributions from
Lee Actor, David AkersAllan AlcornGlenn AxworthyDona BaileyRex BradfordNolan BushnellSteve CartwrightOsman CelimliJohn ChampeauSamuel ClaibornDavid CraneBob DeCrescenzoJoe DecuirAlex DeMeoDavid DenttMichael FeinsteinHal FinneyWill FreemanEd FriesRob FulopPeter GastonDavid GiltinanSteve GolsonCraig GrannellAndrew HaywardMatt HouseholderLarry KaplanRay KassarMichael KatzSam KennedyDan KitchenGarry KitchenSam KjellmanDennis KobleTim LapetinoJamie LendinoJon LeuppDavid LubarDoug MacraeAlan MillerLaura NikolichChuck PeaveyJulian RignallWarren RobinettKeith RobinsonPerry RodgersJohn Van RyzinGreg SewartTom SloperBob SmithCliff SpohnChris SpryDave StaugasTony TakoushiFred ThompsonHoward Scott WarshawRob WanenchakBob WhiteheadPhil WiswellSteve WoitaRobert WorkmanVladimir Zúñiga.

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Oscar A.
Mexico Mexico
Magnificent book and publisher

The book is wonderful and possibly one of the best reference materials about Atari, printed with a great quality. I loved this compendiums collection so much that during the last few weeks I went to the task of get all the volumes currently out-of-stock because I simply couldn't wait for the reprints! Shipping was very fast to Mexico and Bitmap customer service is the best. I really wish to the publisher the best and that they continue like this for many more years, I will be a reliable client of their work

Daniel O.
United States United States
A Fun Walk Through Atari History

This is my first visual compendium, and I found it to be a fun walk through Atari game history. I like the snippets from each developer about their games. Overall, Bitmap Books knows how to put publish excellent hardback books. The binding is strong, the pages are high quality, and the slipcase is just awesome!

Patrik R.
Czech Republic Czech Republic
LoRes 8bit at its best

Nice addition to the collection, and the first officially sanctioned. While I like most the 16bit books myself, this is still chock full of the interesting interviews and bits of information about games which helped to shape the earliest days of the gaming industry as we know it today.

Christian B.
Germany Germany
Brings back some of my earliest memories

The Atari 2600 was my first contact with video games when I was just about 5 years old. The graphics were always so simplistic, but in my mind they came alive. Over 30 years later, this book manages to do the same. A wonderful companion piece to relive a piece of the past - in the superb quality that I am now used to from Bitmap Books.

Cathy C.
United States United States

It’s perfect - nothing more to say!