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    Pre-ordered it. Looking forward to reading this!

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    Default 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987 -- NOW AVAILABLE!

    Hi fellow gamers,

    My brand new book, The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987, published by the prestigious Schiffer Publishing house, is finally available on Amazon. You can order it here:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Greatest-C...s%3A+1977-1987

    Check out sample pages here:

    http://www.brettweisswords.com/2014/...-greatest.html

    The book includes:

    *Feature-length chapters on 100 must-own games, including some closet classics and dark horse favorites
    *Foreword by the legendary Walter Day
    *Gorgeous NES-themed cover with slick, sturdy, hardback binding
    *More than 400 full-color photos (including screenshots) on high quality paper
    *Quotes from programmers, historians, critics, and other experts
    *Production histories
    *Author anecdotes and critiques
    *Gameplay details
    *Comparisons to other games, information on sequels and similar games (including the arcade versions, when applicable)
    *A "Next 100" appendix at the back of the book with 100 "honorable mentions"
    *Covers games for the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, ColecoVision, Intellivision, NES, Odyssey2, Sega Master System, and Vectrex, plus several obscure consoles
    *And much more!

    AS ALWAYS, THANKS FOR READING!

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    Still shame about the awful NES cart on the cover, it was just going for 1 year (besides test market), but the Atari 2600 was going for over 10 years. Should have been a VCS cart, it would have been more fitting.
    Oh well maybe one day you make a decent book with a VCS cart on the cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom View Post
    Still shame about the awful NES cart on the cover, it was just going for 1 year (besides test market), but the Atari 2600 was going for over 10 years. Should have been a VCS cart, it would have been more fitting.
    Oh well maybe one day you make a decent book with a VCS cart on the cover.
    How about a book with the whole Atari 2600 console on the cover?

    http://www.amazon.com/Retro-Pop-Cult...mm_pap_title_0

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    Maybe you do a second edition with a VCS cart on the cover. I buy that.

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    [QUOTE=tom;2007749]Maybe you do a second edition with a VCS cart on the cover. I buy that.[/QUOTE

    Unfortunately, the cover design is out of my hands (the publisher designed it). If it's any consolation, an Atari joystick is on the back cover.

    BTW, the NES cart cover has been a big hit with buyers. And NES coverage is three years: the test market year of 1985, plus 1986 and 1987.

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    Default 100 Greatest Console Video Games REVIEWED

    The first review of the book is in:

    http://videogamecritic.com/extras/books/100greatest.htm

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    [QUOTE=8bitgamer;2007757]
    Quote Originally Posted by tom View Post
    Maybe you do a second edition with a VCS cart on the cover. I buy that.[/QUOTE

    Unfortunately, the cover design is out of my hands (the publisher designed it). If it's any consolation, an Atari joystick is on the back cover.

    BTW, the NES cart cover has been a big hit with buyers. And NES coverage is three years: the test market year of 1985, plus 1986 and 1987.
    Imagine how a super fantastic hit it would have been with an Atari cart on the cover.

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    I just ordered a copy. Looks like the same great quality of your other books.

    I can't figure out why anyone would criticize what system is on the cover... give me a break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T View Post
    I just ordered a copy. Looks like the same great quality of your other books.

    I can't figure out why anyone would criticize what system is on the cover... give me a break.
    Awesome, thanks and enjoy!

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    Default Now in stock!

    Thanks to everyone who has bought a copy of my new book, The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987.

    The book has been sold out at certain times, but now there are plenty in stock at Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Greatest-C...s%3A+1977-1987

    Thanks for reading!

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    Default Now in stock!

    Thanks to everyone who has bought a copy of my new book, The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987.

    The book has been sold out at certain times, but now there are plenty in stock at Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Greatest-C...s%3A+1977-1987

    Thanks for reading!

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    I had decided not to get the book just on the basis of the NES cartridge on the front. I happened to see a signed copy so I took a look at it and the first game I see is one of my all-time favorites that is always overlooked so I went ahead and got it. Overall the list is pretty good. Plenty of games I have never played and only one or two I really disagree with.

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    Thanks, everyone!

    Reviews for The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987 are starting to come in. You can check out some of them here:

    http://videogamecritic.com/extras/books/100greatest.htm

    http://www.brettweisswords.com/2014/...deo-games.html

    http://www.examiner.com/article/word...oller-down-for

    http://rosepetals1984.booklikes.com/...by-brett-weiss

    You can listen to a podcast of me discussing the book here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TMBN_nBWVY

    You can order the book here:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Greatest-C...s%3A+1977-1987
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    I just saw this new book at Barnes in downtown Mpls, and was quite impressed with the presentation and art design. I am quite curious to learn how you obtained the original artwork and advertisements. Was it difficult to obtain copyrights from the original software companies?

    I'm currently working on a number of video game book projects (among other things), so I'm eager to hear all of your stories. I hope the book is a success. There are so few books about video games, apart from industry marketing b.s. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Thomas View Post
    I just saw this new book at Barnes in downtown Mpls, and was quite impressed with the presentation and art design. I am quite curious to learn how you obtained the original artwork and advertisements. Was it difficult to obtain copyrights from the original software companies?

    I'm currently working on a number of video game book projects (among other things), so I'm eager to hear all of your stories. I hope the book is a success. There are so few books about video games, apart from industry marketing b.s. Good luck!
    Cool, thanks!

    The art and ads came from my own collection, and from Joe Santulli of Digital Press and Albert Yarruso (SP) of Atari Age.

    For a book covering a broad subject, you don't need to obtain copyrights for images. If I were writing just about Nintendo, for example, copyrights would be more of an issue.

    Good luck with your projects!

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    Default "Classic Home Video Games" -- Update

    Hi Everyone,

    I've been asked at shows and online the status of future books, so I thought I would post an update here. I also get a lot of writing questions from prospective writers, so I'll address that here as well.

    I'm working on the fourth book in the Classic Home Video Games series, covering the SNES, Jaguar, 3DO, and CD-i, but it's still a ways off.

    Meanwhile, the third book, covering the Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, and Neo Geo, has yet to appear in softcover (no date has been announced, not even to me), but there are some hardcovers still in stock on Amazon. There will be no more hardcover printings of the book, so if you haven't already, you might want to grab one before they're gone:

    http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Home-V...d_bxgy_b_img_z

    As many of you know, my latest video game book is The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987, which you can check out here:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Greatest-C...s%3A+1977-1987

    I'm always happy to answer questions about writing, getting published, etc., but I've also written a book on the subject (digital only so far, but a paperback is coming soon), which you can check out here:

    http://www.amazon.com/How-Get-Publis...+get+published

    As always, thanks for reading!

    Brett

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    Yeah, I got a question. When is the Amazon feature "Look Inside" going to be enabled for Classic Home Video Games, 1989-1990 and The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nz17 View Post
    Yeah, I got a question. When is the Amazon feature "Look Inside" going to be enabled for Classic Home Video Games, 1989-1990 and The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987?
    No look inside on Amazon for some reason, but you can view sample pages.

    For, CHVG 1989-1990, you can see sample pages on the publisher's website. Just click on the following link, and then click on the links in the listing on that page:

    http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/conten...-0-7864-4172-3

    For The 100 Greatest, you can view sample pages on my website:

    http://www.brettweisswords.com/2014/...-greatest.html


    Thanks!

    Brett

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    Default Classic Home Video Games 1989-1990 -- Just $38.34

    Classic Home Video Games 1989-1990 has only been released hardcover so far (a softcover version will probably be out within a year or so), but it's out of print, meaning the publisher is not making them anymore. However, there are still some available on Amazon for just $38.34.

    This is quite the bargain considering that hardcover versions of the first two books in the series are quite collectible, selling for big bucks on Amazon. Currently, the hardcover version of Classic Home Video Games 1972-1984 sells for a minimum of $256.66 while Classic Home Video Games, 1985-1988 sells for a minimum of $99.72. (Softcover versions are still in print and are considerably cheaper.)

    I'm not suggesting you purchase Classic Home Video Games 1989-1990 as an investment (though that might not be a bad idea), but I am saying that if you want a copy, but have yet to hop on Amazon and get one, this would be a good time.

    http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Home-V...d_bxgy_b_img_z

    Thanks for reading!

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