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Atari 2600/7800: A Visual Compendium

by Thelget

Bitmap Books announced the latest title in their series documenting a colorful video game history, Atari 2600 / 7800: A Visual Compendium. This will be the seventh visual compendium book from Bitmap Books. Previous titles in the series have focussed on the Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, ZX SpectrumNES/FamicomSNES/Super Famicom and SEGA Master System.

About Atari 2600/7800: A Visual Compendium

Atari’s early tenure as the video game industry’s leading light oversaw a seismic change in what was still a very young and evolving sector. Not only was Atari’s Video Computer System/2600 system the first piece of gaming equipment to truly dominate the living room, it also played host to some of the most iconic titles of all time, including Asteroids®, Combat®, Air-Sea Battle, Yars’ Revenge®, Adventure, Missile Command® and many, many more.

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At its height, Atari’s name became synonymous with video gaming in the same way that Nintendo’s would a few years later, but the company – and the industry – fell just as swiftly thanks to the infamous North American video game crash of 1983. Even when faced with this catastrophic event, Atari soldiered on and, the following year produced the powerful 7800 console – a machine that could easily have returned the firm to its former glory, had its launch in 1984 gone to plan.

This book aims to cover the highs and lows of what was a truly tumultuous period in video game history; an era that laid down the foundations for what has today become one of the world’s most popular forms of entertainment.

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Book Details

  • 528 pages, 170mm x 230mm, 3mm protective board slipcase with lenticular fascia
  • Lithographic print
  • Hardback, Sewn binding
  • Spot varnish cover, Spot varnish dust jacket
  • Hardback @ £29.99
  • Softcover @ £24.99
  • Collector’s Edition @ £49.99 which comes with a set of 5 postcards, bookmark and a pair of A2 blueprint posters (limited to 1,000 units)

No information is currently available regarding US availability or pricing. A digital copy will also be available and is including with physical copies.


Atari 2600/7800: A Visual Compendium pre-orders are available now at BitMap Books. All pre-orders are planned to ship in April 2020.

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