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Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« on: February 09, 2014, 18:49:55 PM »
[align=center:2z40s1vv][size=140]Just picked this great new book up from my local WHSMith and thought I would do a review of it for you all:[/size]

Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014 - Book Review

[size=140]If you can't get it locally then you can order it HERE![/size][/align:2z40s1vv]

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Re: Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2014, 01:47:46 AM »
This is very nice!  I want to get this bookazine.  Can't find it in Amazon, so I'll guess I'll to order it directly.  Congratulations on having the Jaguar article included!

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Re: Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2014, 16:04:27 PM »
Nice one fella....
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Re: Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2014, 16:54:33 PM »

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Re: Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2014, 17:09:16 PM »
Yeah thats why i don't buy them and i have it all more or less in the mags..
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Re: Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2014, 17:36:42 PM »
If you have all the magazines, I agree that this is not necessarily something you'd want to spend the money on.  I don't have the issues, so this works fine for me.

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Re: Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2014, 17:48:37 PM »
Do any of these Retro Gamer bookazines include new content? I've bought most of them... in case there were any edited or new articles... but I haven't done any direct comparisons vs the monthly magazines. I have every issue of the monthly magazine so maybe the compilations are just taking up my limited shelf space?

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Re: Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2014, 17:53:49 PM »
Quote from: "tomwaits"
Do any of these Retro Gamer bookazines include new content? I've bought most of them... in case there were any edited or new articles... but I haven't done any direct comparisons vs the monthly magazines. I have every issue of the monthly magazine so maybe the compilations are just taking up my limited shelf space?

They sometimes have a small amount but they are mostly reprints of stuff that's appeared before.

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Re: Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2014, 18:05:50 PM »
Just checked my bookshelf and I already have this Hardware Handbook and a blue background Hardware Handbook Vol. 2. Looks like this is a new 'revised edition'?? Is there a list on the front/back of the book detailing what's been revised from the old version? Not sure that I want to re-purchase my compilations of re-purchased content. :D

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Re: Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2014, 18:16:37 PM »
Quote from: "tomwaits"
Just checked my bookshelf and I already have this Hardware Handbook and a blue background Hardware Handbook Vol. 2. Looks like this is a new 'revised edition'?? Is there a list on the front/back of the book detailing what's been revised from the old version? Not sure that I want to re-purchase my compilations of re-purchased content. :3:

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Re: Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2014, 19:48:38 PM »
Why didn't I think of that? :40:

In case anyone is curious, from a quick comparison of the 'revised edition' against the original version it looks like:
- they've added the Channel F and removed the Wonderswan. Otherwise, same list of systems.
- a couple of the console overviews have been replaced by newer articles (like your Jaguar article) but they've kept the older 'perfect ten' games lists
- also noticed that several pictures have been removed for the 'revised edition' and page layouts were changed slightly... maybe switched to a larger font for this re-release?

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Re: Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2014, 21:24:30 PM »
Also, the blue background Hardware Handbook Vol. 2 covers a very different set of systems than this brown background Handbook. Two nice compilations with very little overlap. Wonder if they'll re-release a 'revised' edition of Vol. 2 soon?

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Re: Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2014, 21:41:12 PM »
The Atari 8-bit is a very strange omission from this edition.

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Re: Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2014, 21:44:26 PM »
Volume 2 includes overviews of the 5200, 7800, and 800xl. More Atari, less Nintendo. :)

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Re: Videogames Hardware Handbook 2014
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2014, 21:52:28 PM »
Good point! The 7800 isn't in this either.

I have one of the previous ones, I need to dig it out as I am pretty sure it also has a brown cover.