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Audible Review: The Ultimate History of Video Games

I love video games, and I’ve read many books about the history of gaming. The Ultimate History of Video Games by Steven L. Kent is the best one available. The Audible version is more than 20 hours long, and it’s filled with interviews with industry luminaries, fascinating stories, and more content than you can shake a joystick at.

All of the major companies are covered, including Nintendo, Sega, Atari, and many more. Want to learn about the Virtual Boy? It’s in here. How about the TurboGrafx-16, Jaguar, or WonderSwan? They’re all here, and much more. It’s almost overwhelming to realize just how much information the author was able to cram into this book, and he did so in a way that is easy to follow and enjoyable to listen to. Speaking of which, the narrator does a fine job with this material. He almost blends into the background, which is perfect for a nonfiction book like this one.

The Ultimate History of Video Games is the best book available about the history of video games, and today I learned that the author just released a sequel! Here’s to hoping that book also comes to Audible, as it would be great to continue this journey. Until then, buy and listen to this great audiobook. Game on!

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