Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The final day at Westfield arcade - a gamers book for you!

If simple gameplay and a fun experience is what you look for in your world..either in the real world or reading a book or magazine..then this novel is for you. 

Andy Hunt's novel takes you back to the beginning of the 1980s where his protagonist Mike Mayberry manages a busy arcade in Indianapolis. From the beginning of the story, the greats of gaming play a huge role in Mikes world..as the likes of Pac Man, Robotron 2084 and Joust explode on the arcade gaming scene. Hi-scores , soda, burgers, hot dogs, MTV and 80s pop culture along with the social experience of actually playing in an arcade with friends brings this story to life. 

As the story progresses into the mid 80s so do the games and the fashion, music and social culture around it. Outrun, Gauntlet, Afterburner, Golden Axe and many others are an integral part of each chapter..Even the chapters are names by classic arcade games!

The narrative then heads into the early 90s with the power of the consoles taking shape...this part we'll leave to your knowledge and imagination to how it unfolds..Safe to say the story follows closely how arcades and consoles clash yet sometimes connect. The likes of Street Fighter 2, Virtua Fighter and Primal Rage make the arcades strong and fighting arcade games play a big part in Mikes world and the story at this point.

Each game like the year Andy describes throughout - is brought to life..with a fun, engaging, enjoyable and descriptive detail. Just enough to please gaming affectionsdos without affecting the flow of the story and characters that live and breathe within it..The characters too have a interesting and deep meaning that many of us gamers will relate to..You'll have friends like those in the story.. The gaming expert, the know-it-all, the fairweather gamers and the party animals - all in this the world of arcade glory days.

This story's all about arcades and gaming and the lives of the people around the arcade that Mike runs- but it also is about this period in our lives where things were more carefree and fun...simple times and great to be part of. Emotion will come over you as Mike and his friends play the arcade cabinets as they arrive for the first time.its sounds strange but when Street Fighter 2 turns up in 1991 - it literally saves the day! Even if you were too young to be in an arcade in the 80s or even in the early 90s - (even if weren't born then!) it doesn't matter.

With this book you can enter and experience the exciting world of arcades of the past with the creative imagination of its author, Andy Hunt.

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