Arcade Perfect

By David L. Craddock, Milan Jaram,

Book cover of Arcade Perfect: How Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat, and Other Coin-Op Classics Invaded the Living Room

Book description

Before personal computers and game consoles, video arcades hosted cutting-edge software consumers couldn’t play anywhere else. As companies like Atari, Commodore, and Nintendo disrupted the status quo, publishers charged their developers with an impossible task: Cram the world’s most successful coin-op games into microchips with a fraction of the computing…

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The efforts made in the 1980s and 1990s to replicate the arcade experience at home were nothing short of Herculean. This book details, with astounding technical detail and surprising interviews, the monumental challenges that were overcome to port the top coin-op hits onto the very consoles that would render arcades obsolete.

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