|So Atari is not only going for
their logo on the front, they are going for everything:
Description of copyrighted
material: in-game graphics, screenshots, box art, and logos from classic
Atari video games
In its core this book is an art book, focusing on the in-game graphics, the real screenshots. You have fond memories on the early days of the interactive entertainment, the evolution and its revolution? You have played Pong at home on some clone system? You have had one of the most famous game consoles from Atari, Mattel and Coleco under the Christmas tree? Then this book is for you.
Speaking with a veteran gamer about his first game system, he most likely remembers the look of the games and says something like Dear Lord, they looked terrible! before going deeper into a game and talking about how innovative or good (or bad) the gameplay was. Next in the conversation you might hear quotes like What was the name of that game again? You know the one where the knight was just a square and the dragons looked like ducks."
And thats the point of
this book. It awakes (hopefully) fond memories of times long gone, of
the Atari age, when the Californian company ruled the video game world.
Browse through the book and linger over games you played. And the next
time your friends coming around you can pick up the book and share anecdotes
and episodes about Atari and its games.
Books are expensive, especially if you are going for a high-quality product. Its not possible for me to pre-finance the printing. This, alongside the eventuality that nobody is interested in this project, is the reason why I go the Kickstarter way and why I set the financial goal at EURO 35,000. I simply dont want to end up sitting on a pile of books and debts.
Atari 2600 Sample Pages
Atari 5200 Sample Pages
Atari 7800 Sample Pages
Atari 8-bit Computer Sample Pages
Atari Lynx Sample Pages
Atari 5200 Collector Cards - Samples
Atari 7800 Collector Cards - Samples
Atari Lynx Collector Cards - Samples
This is an unofficial book. ATARI, the ATARI logo, all individual game and hardware names and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Atari Interactive, Inc. or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners
© 2017 Marc Oberhäuser
Risks and Challenges
The book is in the making since 02/2015 and it has had slowly grown page by page. Since 01/2017 I am working full time on it and its close to being done. The to-do list isnt that big anymore. Additionally, the stretch goals are chosen carefully to not add too much overcomplicated and time-consuming content.
As for production: The German company thats doing the printing I am working together with for more than 20 years (manuals, game boxes, marketing material etc. in volumes from just 50 up to full-scale productions with 100,000+ copies) and they always have met my expectations. The project is already discussed in detail and they will be ready to go as soon as I provide the final InDesign file.
The final shipping may take
some time (2 to 3 weeks), depending on the numbers of course.