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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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Oren D.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Excellent production, professional delivery

I'm very impressed with Bitmap Books. Such a great company with amazing products and flawless delivery.

Bartłomiej B.
Poland Poland
I recommend this product
Awesome book

Great graphics and many interesting informations.

Carl D.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Worth every page turn.

If your of a certain age the pictures of artwork and graphics in this really nicely presented hard back book will fill you with absolute nostalgia and an urge to go back to playing pacman, invaders, river raid etc. Nice lenticular work on the hard back cover as usual and looks great in my full set of these visual compendium books

michael m.
United States United States
Love it!

Confession: I initially purchased this book as a decoration. To that end, it looks fantastic on my coffee table. However, once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. It’s a must for anyone who grew up on Atari.

Rob H.
France France
A superb addition

This is my 5th book and 3rd Visual Compendium and it’s one of the best yet. The entire publication just oozes quality. Keep up the great work!!