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I recently read Racing the Beam (Monfort, Bogost), a survey of the defining technical details of the Atari 2600. I've read a number of gaming history books, and RtB was by far the most interesting. It might be better described as a hacker history of the platform, focusing on the limitations of the system and the hacks around them that caused Atari VCS games to have a personality distinct from its contemporaries. Also highly recommended.



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