New Atari Art Book Contains Over 500 Pages Of Visuals And History

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The folks at Bitmap unveil their latest Atari art book. New Atari 2600/7800: A Visual Compendium aims to celebrate the debut of home console gaming with a series of stunning images, developer interviews, spotlight on lesser-known home-made titles and more in a game room worthy of a coffee table. wrap. The seventh iteration of Bitmap series of visual collections is now on pre-order and should be released in just a few months. Head under the fold for a closer look and more details.

Suite of coffee table visual books on the Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, NES, Super NES, SEGA Master System and others, the new Bitmap The Atari artbook is ready for prime time. From the glory days of the Atari 2600 until the 1983 gaming industry crash that virtually shut down the company for good, the book “aims to cover the ups and downs of what was a truly tumultuous period in video game history. “

New Atari art book en route

But it’s not just data with the Atari 2600/7800 Visual Compendium. Covering over 520 pages, it features over 200 classic games, many “best pixel art” of the era, box covers and product design images for each system. In addition to the visuals, it also has articles with personalities from the Atari world, third-party game developers and even articles on prototypes and house versions. Whether you’re looking back for nostalgic reasons or just looking to bring some of the experience of early home console titles to your game room, this new Atari art book deserves a closer look.

Specifically, the hardcover version has 528 pages and measures 170mm x 230mm, with a 3mm protective case and lenticular fascia. The stitched binding and the varnished cover are accompanied by a lithographic print and a dust jacket.

Atari 2600/7800 Visual Compendium Award

Pre-orders on the Atari 2600/7800 Visual Compendium are now available with a release date in April. Prices start to £ 24.99 (or roughly $ 32), with the hardcover version sell for 40 $ and the collector’s edition listed on roughly $ 65. All three editions also come with a PDF version in case you prefer not to have your friend’s greasy fingers on your precious new collector’s item. The aforementioned Collector’s Edition comes in a limited run of 1000 units and includes a few additional goodies (see below): bookmark, A2 2600 Blueprint poster, A2 7800 Blueprint poster and a pack of 5 postcards.

9to5Toys point of view:

These prices seem slightly high compared to comparable options on Amazon. That said, this is a fairly comprehensive example of a 500+ page coffee table style gaming art book and digital copy included. The book The Art of Atari, for example, sells a little more $ 20 Premium shipped on Amazon and covers many of the same titles, but it’s not as comprehensive at 350 pages and mostly focuses on the art itself.

Ohh and, don’t miss these new Atari hotels slated to begin construction this year across the United States alongside the upcoming release of the new Atari VCS Console.

Source: Kotaku


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