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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 2, Green 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. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

Games featured include:
100 Bullets / 8 Kings / Akira / Akka Arrh / Attack of the Mutant Camels 89 / Attack of the Mutant Zombie Flesh Eating Chickens from Mars / Bandersnatch / Black Death / Black Hawk / Blackjack / Blaster / Boggle / Bound High! / Boxer / Bubble Bobble / Burnt Out Cop / Cannonball / Captain Seahawk / Carmageddon TV / CCTV / Chip's Challenge / Conquest / Creation / Daffy Duck / Dark Seed (a.k.a. Dragon's Heaven) / Dark Tower / Deadlock / Death Pit / Deathwatch / Dick Special / Die Hard 64 / Dizzy Returns / Elite / Eye of the Moon / Fallout 3 / Flashback Legend / Frogger 2: Swampy’s Revenge / Gauntlet / Gazza / Green Lantern / Half-Life / Hard Drivin / Heart of Yesod / Human Element / Keystone Kannonball / The Last Ninja / Lemmings 2 / Lethal Weapon / The Lizzie Borden Murders / Mail Plane / MARSOC / Mega Twins / Millipede / Mini Golf / Oops! / Primal Rage 2 / Propeller Arena / Putty Squad / Rescue on Fractalus! / Resident Evil / Ridge Racer / Rolling Thunder / Safire / Sebring / Sex 'n' Drugs ’n’ Rock 'n' Roll / SimMars / Snow Bros. / Solar Jetman / Sonic X-treme / Space Fantasy Zone / Spitfire Fury / Spooky / Star Fox 2 / Starring Charlie Chaplin / Stunt Car Racer Pro / Subtraddition / Super Mario’s Wacky Worlds / The Terminator / Tetris DS / Thrill Kill / Time Bomb / Tiny Toon Adventures / Tony Hawk’s Shred Session / Tork / USSA / Vindicators / Virtua Hamster / Virtual Tank / Waterworld / Wolf Pack

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02/25/2021
Andrew P.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Great big book

This is my second book purchased and again great quality. Very big and well made book. So nice to read. Lots of interesting facts and games that we never saw. Great job to researchers and writers. Again highly recommended for any gaming fan.

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02/17/2021
Doug S.
United States United States
"That would have been awesome!"

Stellar. The book opens with a "tl;dr" that felt laser targeted at myself. The Selection of games covers the 70s through today, and while I was initially most interested in the 16 bit era, I suggest anyone who gives this a look read the whole thing. Some of the stuff people were doing in the 70s was pretty cool. Not every game gets multiple pages of info, but even still, every game gets it's due here. It's masterfully doled out.

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02/10/2021
Sebastien N.
Canada Canada
A must for anyone interested in videogaming history.

This book is entertaining throughout. It is full of inside information from the people who worked on all those games that failed to come to market. It's obvious that a lot of research (and passion) was put into making this book. It's also super interesting that when no screenshots were available, the book shows artist's renditions of what could've been. A superb book that anyone interested in videogaming history should get.

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02/02/2021
Chris F.
United States United States
Beautiful and fascinating look at lost games

As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to have it. It’s a nearly endless source of fascinating anecdotes and images of games I’ve either wondered why they never came out or never knew existed. The book itself is bound beautifully and looks great on my desk. Plus, as always, Bitmap Books does a wonderful job of shipping their books so they arrive damage-free.

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02/02/2021
Usman D.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
80s Gamer

Love this book, brings all the nostalgia feels and a sense of discovering something new at the same time.