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Now larger than both the movie and music industries combined, the video game industry has provided more than 40 glorious years of interactive entertainment across a plethora of hardware platforms, including consoles, computers and handheld devices. We truly are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking something to play, and that dizzying array is growing by the day. 

Even so, there are a great many video games that have sadly never seen the light of day, for a variety of reasons, and many of these have incredible unsolved mysteries or gripping untold tales attached to them. The Games That Weren't aims to give these unknown titles a chance to shine by lifting the lid on their stories – even if we weren't able to actually play them as their developers intended.

Providing illustrated snapshots of unreleased games dating from 1975 to 2015, The Games That Weren't is Bitmap Books’ biggest and most ambitious book to date. It includes a wide range of titles from the Atari 2600 right up to the Sony PlayStation 4, by way of arcade, home computer, console, handheld and mobile platforms. Years in the making, it's packed to bursting point with exclusive content, in-depth interviews and much more besides.

Many of these lost classics are expanded upon in detail, as we share the untold stories and recollections of those involved with their design and development, as well as shedding some light on intriguing mysteries along the way. Assets and screenshots – some of which have never been seen before – help illustrate the narratives, and in the case of games for which no images exist, there are specially-created artist's impressions that give a tantalising visual interpretation of what could have been.

Covering more than 80 games – including Star Fox 2Green Lantern and SimMars – across a 40-year span, and packed with content such as five specially-created 'Hardware That Wasn't' blueprint pieces and interviews with industry legends such as David Crane, Jeff Minter, Matthew Smith, Dan Malone, Eugene Jarvis, Dylan Cuthbert, Andrew and Philip Oliver, Geoff Crammond, Scott Adams, Jon Hare and many more, The Games That Weren't showcases and pays tribute to well-known and not-so-well-known unreleased titles, as well as games you might never have heard of – until now. As if that wasn't enough, the book has been produced to the signature high standard Bitmap Books readers have come to expect, with eye-catching fluorescent colours and high-quality binding on superb paper stock, and it comes with a free digital copy, so you can take it with you everywhere.

While the games industry has much to celebrate in the games that did make it onto shelves, there's something uniquely captivating in looking at titles that never achieved the finish line. We hope that The Games That Weren't will keep the memory of these failed masterpieces alive.

Book specifications
644 pages, 170mm × 210mm. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Special fluorescent ink throughout. Hardback. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Coloured bookmark ribbon. Free pdf for viewing on the go.

Detailed features cover games such as
Sebring (Arcade), The Last Ninja (Atari 800/130XE, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Tandy Colour Computer 3 and ZX Spectrum 48K), Solar Jetman (Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga 500 and ZX Spectrum 128K), Chips Challenge (Nintendo Entertainment System), Green Lantern (Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, SEGA Mega Drive and Super Nintendo), Rolling Thunder (Atari Lynx), Virtual Tank (Nintendo Virtual Boy), Deathwatch (Atari Jaguar), Star Fox 2 (Super Nintendo), Ridge Racer (PC), SimMars (Apple Macintosh and PC), Half-Life (Nintendo GameCube and SEGA Dreamcast), Stunt Car Racer Pro (Microsoft Xbox, PC and Sony PlayStation 2), Eye of the Moon (Apple iOS) plus many more...

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Eric O.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Bitmap Books delivers again!

If you like games, and you like books, then you'll love books about games...that weren't.

Fiachra D.
Ireland Ireland
I recommend this product
Another must have from Bitmap

Really interesting and enjoyable book. I've been gaming for decades and yet there was tons of games here that I'd never heard of and it was cool to read about why they were cancelled and what they would have looked like. Book quality is top notch as you'd expect from Bitmap. Overall a must have for anyone with an interest in the history of the games industry

David R.
France France
I recommend this product
A terrific book from Bitmap Books as usual!!

Just got the book a week ago and finally found the time to go through it... and it is simply terrific! Plenty of content, the imagery is great, tons of stories and anecdotes on why those games got cancelled... I am nearly one third througout the book and every page has been a delight so far. A must have!

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Jean-Michel P.
France France
I recommend this product
A must have!

It's not a book, but a Bible! Of course the print quality is top notch. As always at Bitmap Books. The content is very interesting, and complete. I like to learn all that stories about those unpublished games. So, you can figure out all kind of tricks and low-bows that happened back then. Hopefully, some of these games have been preserved and be played nowadays. I highly recommand this book for sure !

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Alex H.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Great book

Nicely produced, it's a really epic tome with lots of detail.