The Arcade Experience: A Look At Modern Arcades and Why They Still Matter

9781482757859: The Arcade Experience: A Look At Modern Arcades and Why They Still Matter
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The modern arcade industry is given it very own book striving to cover the latest developments and trend, proving an on going relevance for all that are interested in gaming and its social impact. Adam Pratt, owner of The Game Grid Arcade in West Valley City, UT, and the famous blog Arcade Heroes, has completed a comprehensive study on the video amusement game industry, being published as The Arcade Experience: A Look Into Modern Arcade Games and Why They Still Matter. Covering the colorful history, mythology, technology and future of the arcade phenomenon, Pratt takes readers on his own personal voyage of discovery and ultimately a career in the video arcade industry. With more than four years experience owning and operating an arcade, and a lifetime love of video games, Pratt combined his passion for the industry and his talent as a writer for industry publications such as Replay and the blog, Arcade Heroes, into an analysis of the video game industry. Pratt covers the Golden Age of arcades, the crash in the late 80's and the slow recovery and resurgence. Readers will discover the truth about the Golden Age, the state of the industry today and take a peek into the emerging future. The Arcade Experience also includes an extensive listing of the most important, popular and current video games that can be found in today's diverse mix of amusement hall, family entertainment center, bowing ally and cinema, as well as the latest Asian amusement venue. From video games to redemption, from pinball to virtual reality and all points in-between, Pratt explains in The Arcade Experience the significance of arcades and why they still matter today far more than they ever have.

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