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Collecting Classic Video Games provides an easy to use and thoroughly enjoyable walk through the classic games, systems, peripherals, and more that encompassed gaming in the ’70’s and ’80’s. With loads of full color photographs and easy to understand approximate values for everything pictured, it just might spark off a collection of your very own.

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Whether you’re a veteran gamer from way back, or somewhat new to the gaming world, we can all agree we owe a lot to the old school consoles and games that started it all.

Collecting Classic Video Games is a book written by Bill Galaxy that aims to help collectors get an idea of both what they have, and what they should be looking for. Featuring images, information, and approximate worth on a variety of games, systems, and peripherals, it’s your go-to guide for getting a great classic collection off the ground. Since the world of gaming is so large, it obviously contains far too many items to fit into one book. As such, this book provides an overview of classic gaming items from the 1970’s and 1980’s but is definitely not a complete reference. What it does offer is a look at a variety of consoles and games that helped shape the world of gaming today, starting with the Atari 2600.

As with any collection, condition is key to value. Each of the items listed in Collecting Classic Video Games gives condition criteria to meet the value estimates. For instance, an Atari 2600 in a damaged promotional box may be worth about $100, but a completely unused one could be closer to $400. The same is true for games, with the titles coming complete with boxes, manuals, and inserts netting a higher value.

Whether you’re huge into collecting, or just wanting a resource for digging through all those games in your mom’s attic, Collecting Classic Video Games provides a really well rounded look at gaming in the ’70’s and ’80’s. For gaming enthusiasts, it’s fun to just page through and stroll down memory lane. Each item pictured, from the Colecovision to tabletop Frogger to the PlayAround game cartridges (complete with lock to keep the kiddos out) has an accompanying full color photo of the item. This makes for page upon page of your childhood in a colorful book form. Avid gamer though I am, I found tons of items I never knew existed.

Collecting Classic Video Games provides an easy to use and thoroughly enjoyable walk through the classic games, systems, peripherals, and more that encompassed gaming in the ’70’s and ’80’s. With loads of full color photographs and easy to understand approximate values for everything pictured, it just might spark off a collection of your very own.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)