New book provides comprehensive guide to graphic-adventure genre

If you're running a densely-packed gaming database like Hardcore Gaming 101 and putting together your first hard-copy, made-of-paper book for the public, you'll probably want to start with something small: “Metro City Limits: More Final Fight Clones Than You Require,” or “Remember Irem?” or some such. Or, hell, you could just start out with a guide to most every old-school graphic adventure ever made, presumably launching Hardcore Reading About Gaming 101 in the process.

Kurt Kalata's Guide to Classic Graphic Adventures bills itself as a bible for anyone who likes LucasArts and Sierra games – but the actual Bible would probably take up less backpack space. Better to keep the mammoth compendium to test the load-bearing capabilities of your shelf or coffee-table: offering player reviews and tips paired with developer interviews, the book starts out with heavy-hitters Sierra/Lucas before venturing into lesser-known gems like Kyrandia and I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream.

Above: The book details the work of Hottie of Gaming History Roberta Williams (far right)

The book's available from CreateSpace now, and will be showing up on Amazon “within a week or so.” Use the coupon DN84NDUU when ordering from the latter to get free shipping within the US.

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  • veryweirdguy - May 19, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    Aw man I want this so bad. I really hope it's a) affordable and b) available in the UK.
  • Kisokuiki - May 19, 2011 8:25 p.m.

    That coupon code words for the former, not the latter, according to the HG101 blog.
  • BlackTeam13 - May 19, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    Listing the price would have been nice.
  • discoalucard - May 19, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    Thanks for the write-up! The book is now available on Amazon and is $27. Unfortunately the coupon code will not work but Amazon's free shipping should balance that out. (And we reserve the right to totally "borrow" that title if we ever do a comprehensive book on arcade beat-em-ups! :) )
  • Tomgoulter - May 19, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    @Discoalucard: Thanks for clearing up that confusion. The title's yours, in repayment for the pleasant afternoon I once spent reading up on Double Dragon clones of the mid-90s. ;)

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