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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-playing Games

By Matt Barton

Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-playing Games

You can view this book's Amazon detail page here.

Tags: amiga, apple ii, crpg, rpg, video games

Started reading:
2010-06-05 08:38:38
Finished reading:
2010-06-18 12:11:35


Rating: 6

A great history of computer gaming, starting with main frame games whose history has been lost in the “dark ages” of unrecorded history and moving through the various stages of computer gaming. I appreciated the examinations of particular games along with the comparisons between various elements that keep this from being simply a catalog of CRPGs. The parallel development of Colossal Cave Adventure and Dungeons and Dragons in the ’70s really sets the tone of the book and it moves along nicely from there with plenty of well-researched material (drawn from interviews, websites, the author’s experiences or experiments with emulators or the like, and much more). Some of the later parts could have benefited from an editor, though more for the grammatical errors and other typos. In all, it’s an interesting work though the MMORPG landscape has changed significantly in the short time since the book was published, having been overtaken by events like the shuttering of Tabula Rasa.

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