Hey! Listen!

A Journey Through the Golden Era of Video Games
Narrated by: Steve McNeil
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
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A hilarious history of the golden period of computer games, from Pong to Playstation, from the creator of Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit.

It is fair to say Steve McNeil likes video games. When he took his Nintendo Wii on honeymoon (obviously), he played it so much he damaged an eye and had to wear an eye patch. The locals nicknamed him 'the pale pirate'. 

Steve's obsession with video games can be traced back to the golden period from the late '70s to the mid '90s. In this book he delves into these games - from the appallingly bad to the breathtakingly good. He also takes us through the nerdy geniuses who created them, their fierce rivalries and risks often leading to some of the most farcical moments in the history of entertainment.

This is a story of obsession, full of tales of Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Mario, Sonic, 3D Wolf, Lemmings and Worms. It will also answer important questions about the golden age. Questions like: why did Namco feel they had to change the name of Puck Man to Pac Man because they were worried about graffiti when Nintendo were more than happy to bring out Duck Hunt?

Joysticks at the ready. Let's play! 

©2019 Steve McNeil (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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  • Tim
  • 02-04-20

Entertaining trip down memory lane

A very in depth history of the video game. I enjoyed although some sections were tough going with possibly too much detail

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  • G. Hill
  • 01-21-20

Excellent!

Really well written. A fountain of knowledge. The story telling was also very well done. This had me (a near 40 year old) and my 10 year old son enthralled. We’re gonna start it again!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-16-19

Loved it

If you're a gamer, or interested in gaming, then you should absolutely listen to this.

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  • Guru Larry
  • 10-09-19

Highly Recomended Listen

A fantastic audio book from the ever lovable Steve McNeil. Packed with great, well researched information about the history of video games and all in a great light hearted manner.

100% Recommended!!!

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  • K
  • 09-27-19

Funny and informative

I really enjoyed this book. Steve has great knowledge of video games. I'm looking forward to the next book in 26 years.

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  • David
  • 07-09-19

So many memories and the hidden stories behind them

As another gamer born in the 70s this book hits on so many of the games and systems from those early years.

Combined with the stories from the world behind them and the tangled paths of the people who created the foundations for the culture I know and I've today.

Written and read by a guy who obviously has a passion for the subject

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  • John N
  • 07-03-19

Dara O'Briain's Hey! Listen!, by Steve McNeil

More jokes than wikipedia, more accurate than some guy on youtube, and one (1) bad Dara O'Briain impression, because Dara's too famous, so Sam Pamphilon had to read the foreword.

It’s a very good book, and very funny. If you've seen any Go 8 Bit or Steve's twitch streams, you'll know what to expect, although I was a little surprised by the no swears. Having Steve read the book really does add a lot though.

This isn’t a complete history of games, but it covers a lot, from pre- video games (it starts with pinball, Pong comes a few chapters in), up to Ocarina Of Time, in the late 90s. So it does take a while before you get to what we'd recognise as games, but you're never too far from an interesting fact, or a joke. If you're familiar with Steve's work, you'll probably recognise a few of them, but that’s also why I bought it.

Steve recorded a standup DVD for Go Faster Stripe based on the book, and judging by this audiobook reading, it will be worth watching.

Even if you weren't interested in games, there’s enough interesting trivia that almost anyone could enjoy it. There could be a book in itself, on the tragedy of Sega America being sabotaged by Sega Japan, dooming them both, possibly as fallout from the videogame violence moral panic, instead of the few chapters that cover it here.

And at just under 8 hours, I think it’s a good length for the topic.

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  • Andrew Hawkins
  • 05-30-19

Comprehensive and entertaining history of gaming.

Steve McNeil is a self-confessed gaming addict. This really shows through in this witty and comprehensive history of gaming, from the years before "Pong" through to "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time".

The book charts the history of the players in gaming history from their pre-gaming beginnings through their multiple incarnations (who knew there were so many 'Atari' companies?) in a highly entertaining and enjoyable manner. Steve's delivery adds a personal touch, and you can really tell that an incredible amount of work has gone into researching the material for this book.

Hopefully Steve can be persuaded to author a follow-up volume, charting gaming's progress since Ocarina of Time!

Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Steven B
  • 05-21-19

Great! Listen!

A very good listen! lots of little factoids about games I didn't know and a few funny stories etc thrown in for good measure. :)

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  • Mr.
  • 05-20-19

Great history of games

Great history of games with just the right amount of comedy. A great easy listen that desperately deserves a sequel.

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