The billion dollar video games industry had to start somewhere, and this is the hilarious, heartbreaking, inside story of how it all began and where it's all headed. And in the middle of it all there was a game hailed as the best ever written. It was called Deus Ex Machina. It was a creative triumph and it was a commercial disaster. Meet the pirates, the nerds, the innovators, the charlatans, the superstars, the winners, the sinners, the good, the bad and the downright ugly. A remarkable story revealed by the founder of the industry himself, with gut-wrenching honesty and merciless humor. If you ever wondered how computer gaming turned us all into willing slaves, you're about to find out in glorious style.
About the author
Mel Croucher is a British writer and video games pioneer. Originally an architect, he moved into multi-media and in 1977 set up Automata as the first computer games company in England, broadcasting his video game software over FM radio. During the early boom years of home computers, he published several Number One titles before turning his back on the video gaming industry he helped create, to concentrate on writing books and comedy. Behind the scenes, Croucher has masterminded online campaigns for some of the biggest names in music, cinema and publishing. Today he is a popular journalist and magazine columnist, and in recent years has returned to creating his beloved non-violent video games for a new generation of players.
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