Sunday, January 07, 2018

REVIEW: The Comic Book Story of Video Games by Jonathan Hennessey

Book Blurb: A complete, illustrated history of video games--highlighting the machines, games, and people who have made gaming a worldwide, billion dollar industry/artform--told in a graphic novel format. 

Author Jonathan Hennessey and illustrator Jack McGowan present the first full-color, chronological origin story for this hugely successful, omnipresent artform and business. Hennessey provides readers with everything they need to know about video games--from their early beginnings during World War II to the emergence of arcade games in the 1970s to the rise of Nintendo to today's app-based games like Angry Birds and Pokemon Go. Hennessey and McGowan also analyze the evolution of gaming as an art form and its impact on society. Each chapter features spotlights on major players in the development of games and gaming that contains everything that gamers and non-gamers alike need to understand and appreciate this incredible phenomenon.

My Review: This graphic novel tells the story of the history of video games. From the Nimatron to the modern consoles and everything in between this book tells it all. I enjoyed the art that they used in the book. It's been awhile since I've seen any graphic novel that doesn't use anime-style drawings. I really enjoyed reading the history of video games as I have some interest since I'm a girl gamer. I will be passing this book on to a friend who showed an interest in reading it too.

Rating: ★★★★☆


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