Playback: A Genealogy of 1980s British VideogamesPlayback: A Genealogy of 1980s British Videogames by Alex Wade. Bloomsbury Academic, New York, NY, 2016. 192 pp. Trade, eBook. ISBN: 978-1628924893.

James Sweeting
  • Leonardo, April 2018, The MIT Press
  • DOI: 10.1162/leon_r_01587

Book Review: Playback: A Genealogy of 1980s British Videogames

What is it about?

Review of Alex Wade's book "Playback: A Genealogy of 1980s British Videogames". Exploring the validity of a genealogy of videogames, in particular, British videogames from the 1980s.

Why is it important?

This is not just an exploration into the validity of a genealogy of British videogames from the 1980s. It is an insight into the history of the videogames medium as a whole and proposes a different approach from the dominant US centric historiography that has defined it.

Perspectives

James Sweeting (Author)
University of Plymouth

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to review this book. At first, it seemed like it would "just" be an interesting read, and despite some misdirection in the book, as a whole, it provides some very useful points to explore further within my research project.

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