POWER UP HOW JAPANESE VIDEO GAMES GAVE THE WORLD AN EXTRA LIFE

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Power Up

Author : Chris Kohler
ISBN : 9780486801490
Genre : Games & Activities
File Size : 41.40 MB
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Enjoyable and informative examination of how Japanese video game developers raised the medium to an art form. Includes interviews, anecdotes, and accounts of industry giants behind Donkey Kong, Mario, Pokémon, and other games.
Category: Games & Activities

Power Up

Author : Chris Kohler
ISBN : 9780486816425
Genre : Games & Activities
File Size : 76.80 MB
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Enjoyable and informative examination of how Japanese video game developers raised the medium to an art form. Includes interviews, anecdotes, and accounts of industry giants behind Donkey Kong, Mario, Pokémon, and other games.
Category: Games & Activities

Power Up

Author : Chris Kohler
ISBN : 0744004241
Genre : Games
File Size : 43.35 MB
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Examines the history of Japanese video games and how the designers added film-like elements of character, narrative, and story into their games, and includes interviews with accomplished game designers, artists, and musicians. Original. (All users)
Category: Games

Retro Gaming Hacks

Author : Chris Kohler
ISBN : 9781449303907
Genre : Games & Activities
File Size : 51.76 MB
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Maybe it was the recent Atari 2600 milestone anniversary that fueled nostalgia for the golden days of computer and console gaming. Every Game Boy must ponder his roots from time to time. But whatever is driving the current retro gaming craze, one thing is certain: classic games are back for a big second act, and they're being played in both old and new ways. Whether you've just been attacked by Space Invaders for the first time or you've been a Pong junkie since puberty, Chris Kohler's Retro Gaming Hacks is the indispensable new guide to playing and hacking classic games. Kohler has complied tons of how-to information on retro gaming that used to take days or weeks of web surfing to track down and sort through, and he presents it in the popular and highly readable Hacks style. Retro Gaming Hacks serves up 85 hard-nosed hacks for reviving the classic games. Want to game on an original system? Kohler shows you how to hack ancient hardware, and includes a primer for home-brewing classic software. Rather adapt today's equipment to run retro games? Kohler provides emulation techniques, complete with instructions for hacking a classic joystick that's compatible with a contemporary computer. This book also teaches readers to revive old machines for the original gaming experience: hook up an Apple II or a Commodore 64, for example, and play it like you played before. A video game journalist and author of Power Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life, Kohler has taught the history of video games at Tufts University. In Retro Gaming Hacks, he locates the convergence of classic games and contemporary software, revealing not only how to retrofit classic games for today's systems, but how to find the golden oldies hidden in contemporary programs as well. Whether you're looking to recreate the magic of a Robotron marathon or simply crave a little handheld Donkey Kong, Retro Gaming Hacks shows you how to set the way-back dial.
Category: Games & Activities

Good Job Brain

Author : Karen Chu
ISBN : 9781612436258
Genre : Games
File Size : 28.74 MB
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MIND-EFFING FACTOIDS AND QUIRKY COMMENTARY THAT GIVE THE TRADITIONAL TRIVIA BOOK A FUN REBOOT Which came first, Brad Pitt or lasers? Who, what, or where is “shrapnel” named after? And can you really use cheese to tell the future? These questions and many more are answered in Good Job, Brain!, a collection of freaky facts, perplexing puzzles, and quirky quizzes based on the award-winning podcast of the same name. So step up, silly scholars seeking stupendous stimuli, for some... •CRAZY-BUT-TRUE STORIES •HILARIOUS QUIZZES •REBUS PUZZLES •CHALLENGING CROSSWORDS •STRATEGIES AND TIPS TO WIN AT PUB QUIZ
Category: Games

Final Fantasy V

Author : Chris Kohler
ISBN : 1940535182
Genre : Final fantasy V
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Revisits the classic 1992 RPG based on original interviews with the game's creator. When Final Fantasy V was released for the Japanese Super Famicom in 1992, the game was an instant hit, selling two million copies in the first two months. But the game was dubbed 'too hardcore' for a Western audience and was swapped with the more simplistic Final Fantasy Mystic Quest. That didn't stop teenager Chris Kohler from tracking down a Japanese copy, using it to teach himself Japanese, and, with the help of some internet companions, created the first-ever comprehensive English-language FAQ of the game.
Category: Final fantasy V

Jawsome Shark Quizzes

Author : Karen Chu
ISBN : 9781612436982
Genre : Nature
File Size : 62.66 MB
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Dive into the Shark-Infested Trivia You call yourself a shark a-fish-ionado, but how well do you really know the ocean’s ultimate predator? Test your intelligence with these interactive quizzes packed to the gills with fun facts. • Do sharks sleep? • Can sharks see in color? • Can you hypnotize a shark? • How far away can a shark detect its prey? • What’s the fastest shark? Strongest shark? Largest shark? • Does the great white shark have predators? • How high can a mako shark jump? • What’s a group of sharks called? With the fin-formation in Jawsome Shark Quizzes, you can impress your chums with your knowledge of all things shark.
Category: Nature

Life In Ancient Japan

Author : Hazel Richardson
ISBN : 0778720411
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Examines the politics, daily activities, art, religion, economy, traditions, and social structures of ancient Japan.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Ikigai

Author : Héctor García
ISBN : 9781524704551
Genre : Self-Help
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Bring meaning and joy to all your days with this internationally bestselling guide to the Japanese concept of ikigai—the happiness of always being busy—as revealed by the daily habits of the world’s longest-living people. “If hygge is the art of doing nothing, ikigai is the art of doing something—and doing it with supreme focus and joy.” —New York Post “Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.” —Japanese proverb According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai—a reason for living. And according to the residents of the Japanese village with the world’s longest-living people, finding it is the key to a happier and longer life. Having a strong sense of ikigai—the place where passion, mission, vocation, and profession intersect—means that each day is infused with meaning. It’s the reason we get up in the morning. It’s also the reason many Japanese never really retire (in fact there’s no word in Japanese that means retire in the sense it does in English): They remain active and work at what they enjoy, because they’ve found a real purpose in life—the happiness of always being busy. In researching this book, the authors interviewed the residents of the Japanese village with the highest percentage of 100-year-olds—one of the world’s Blue Zones. Ikigai reveals the secrets to their longevity and happiness: how they eat, how they move, how they work, how they foster collaboration and community, and—their best-kept secret—how they find the ikigai that brings satisfaction to their lives. And it provides practical tools to help you discover your own ikigai. Because who doesn’t want to find happiness in every day?
Category: Self-Help

Extra Lives

Author : Tom Bissell
ISBN : 9780307379283
Genre : Social Science
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Tom Bissell is a prizewinning writer who published three widely acclaimed books before the age of thirty-four. He is also an obsessive gamer who has spent untold hours in front of his various video game consoles, playing titles such as Far Cry 2, Left 4 Dead, BioShock, and Oblivion for, literally, days. If you are reading this flap copy, the same thing can probably be said of you, or of someone you know. Until recently, Bissell was somewhat reluctant to admit to his passion for games. In this, he is not alone. Millions of adults spend hours every week playing video games, and the industry itself now reliably outearns Hollywood. But the wider culture seems to regard video games as, at best, well designed if mindless entertainment. Extra Lives is an impassioned defense of this assailed and misunderstood art form. Bissell argues that we are in a golden age of gaming—but he also believes games could be even better. He offers a fascinating and often hilarious critique of the ways video games dazzle and, just as often, frustrate. Along the way, we get firsthand portraits of some of the best minds (Jonathan Blow, Clint Hocking, Cliff Bleszinski, Peter Molyneux) at work in video game design today, as well as a shattering and deeply moving final chapter that describes, in searing detail, Bissell’s descent into the world of Grand Theft Auto IV, a game whose themes mirror his own increasingly self-destructive compulsions. Blending memoir, criticism, and first-rate reportage, Extra Lives is like no other book on the subject ever published. Whether you love video games, loathe video games, or are merely curious about why they are becoming the dominant popular art form of our time, Extra Lives is required reading. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Social Science