[Review] Hardcore Gaming 101 Digest Vol. 2: Taito Arcade Classics


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I’ve read all of the Hardcore Gaming 101 books up until this point, and after seeing this at last week’s Too Many Games festival, I had to grab this title.

What I appreciate most is that the author goes into excruciating detail about every aspect of the games he covers. For example, he will dedicate 1-4 pages for each title, and the final 2 pages will typically cover the graphical, aural, and level design differences between each platform. In addition to this, he’ll include screenshots of (generally) the same area so that you can make a quick visual comparison.

For fans of retro gaming, I’d highly recommend any of the author’s books, and this one is no different.

I’ve always been a fan of Taito games, but after reading this book I was made aware of exactly how few titles I had been aware of. Fortunately the author leaves no cartridge (or in this case, arcade board) un-turned, and illustrated the pros and cons from one of the 80s and 90s most prolific developers.



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