My Loser Phase

I love the self-published ebooks that ereaders and ebook sellers have made possible.  I love them for several reasons.  One is that they are much cheaper than other ebooks.  What can I say?  I’m cheap.  The other, though, is that I believe they are primary historical sources.  When you learned history in high school (if you learned any at all), you probably learned most of it from secondary sources.  Your text book was not written by someone who was there to witness that history but someone who had learned that history in someway.  That’s fine (if they learned it right, anyway), but it is not as good as consulting a primary source.  And that is what we independent ebook writers are producing.  Amazon Direct Publishing, YouTube, and blogs are turning us all into historians, recording the history we see playing out before our eyes.  And the materials we are producing are much more valuable than those a secondary historian could produce.  They are much more valuable even if they are erroneous in some way.  Even if the authors or filmmakers have their facts wrong, they are still recording history as they saw it, and there are few things more valuable than that.

I bring all this up merely as an introduction to a ebook I came across recently called My Loser Phase: Tales of Video Game Retail 1992-1997.

This book has a lot in common with my books Arcadian and ANESthetized.  Both were about video games.  This one, though, covers a later era of gaming than mine, and it covers it from the vantage point of a guy who is slogging his way through the retail world.  If you loved the Genesis, SNES, Turbografx-16, Playstation, and computer peripherals of the mid-90s, you will like reaing Johnson’s account of how they appeared in the stores and were received by customers.  And if you worked in retail (as did I), you will like his thoughts on those experiences as well.  Even though this era is not my favorite era of gaming, I did live through it and enjoyed the memories Johnson’s writing evoked.  I sympathized with his customer service and college experiences as well.  Overal, I really enjoyed reading this primary historical source, and if you like my books and this blog, you probably will, too.  Check it out here.

Classic Video Games Hardware 01

I searched Amazon’s Kindle store for “video games”.  When I did, I found  Classic Videogames Hardware 01.

 

 

This book has a kind of strange name, but it covers every classic video game system from the beginning of the home console era to the N64.  In most cases, the authors cover the consoles themselves and then list ten of their “perfect” games.  Most of the classics you know are here: Atari 2600, Intellivision, NES, Master System, etc.  There are also some oddities I’d never heard of: Wonderswan, PC-FX, and various computers.  The authors are from the UK, so they give a perspective on these consoles that I wasn’t used to.  They also cover several consoles and computers that didn’t make it in the states.  I was a little thrown off by some the consoles I didn’t know and the constant references to “pounds” instead of dollars, but I liked how indepth the reviews were.  If you’re interested, you can Classic Videogames Hardware 01  on Amazon.com and Itunes.

Arcade At Richland Mall

Remember the arcade I talked about at the end of Arcadian?  How the folks at Richland Mall had moved the games from the dark recesses of Aladdin’s Castle to the bright lights of the food court?  I dropped by that “arcade” today and took a quick video of it.

While I bemoan this sorry excuse for an arcade, I simultaneously honor it.  At least they have this.  How many malls don’t?

 

Yet Another History of Nintendo

I’ve posted histories of Nintendo before, but this one is way cool.  This guy did this as a history class project.  How awesome is that?  He even has a thesis: Nintendo has become the greatest video game company ever by pricing and innovation.  I don’t know about the pricing part.  That was always Mom’s area.  But I agree with the innovation part.

 

ANESthetized and Arcadian on Amazon.com

Well, it looks like it will take Amazon.com and Smashwords awhile to work out their differences, so even though I didn’t want to do it this way, I uploaded ANESthetized and Arcadian onto Amazon.com myself.  If you’re a Kindle fan (as I am), check them out.  Please don’t forget to give me a [good] review.

To celebrate, here’s an old Atari 2600 Jr. commercial.  Why celebrate with this commercial?  Well, because I remember it and love it but don’t plan on doing a book on the 2600, so I have to fit it in somewhere.

100 Downloads of ANESthetized

The revised ANESthetized finally got a 100 downloads.  It took it a long time to catch up to its baby brother Arcadian, but it finally did it.  Like Arcadian, ANESthetized has been given premium status by Smashwords.  Also like Arcadian, I’m still waiting for it to pop up on Amazon.com.

If you haven’t picked up ANESthetized or Arcadian yet, do so soon. In a few weeks, I’ll be bumping the cost up to a whopping 99 cents! And leave me a review as well!