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mossy_11's picture
Joined: 2009 Sep 5
History of Mac gaming book

Some of you may have read my work before — I'm a freelance journalist and game historian, with features on Ars Technica, Polygon, Edge Magazine, Mac|Life, and various other places. I've tried to cover old Mac games whenever possible (for instance, here and here).

Now I have exciting news: I'm writing a book about the history of Mac gaming (with contributions also from former Mac game evangelist Craig Fryar). You can read all about it at the link below, but to give you the short version: this is a narrative-style history, so it's full of the stories behind the games — stories about the passionate people and communities that made Mac gaming so special in the 80s and 90s even as the big companies mostly ignored the platform. And it's a history that I'm trying to make accessible to a broad audience, including even non-gamers who've never used a Mac.

I'm on track to finish a manuscript in late August, but in the meantime we're trying to raise money for a deluxe print edition. This would be a beautiful hardcover book with a nice design and lots of screenshots, photos, and other documents mixed in with the words (around 100,000 of them).

I'd appreciate it if you could all help spread the word, even if you're not able to make a pledge. Please share it with other Mac and retro computing forums as well as with anyone you know who might be interested.

And if you have any questions or concerns, just holler at me.


themacmeister's picture
Joined: 2009 Oct 26

Tasmania here mate... Don't think I can make it to Melbourne in the near future, but will certainly give you a boost when my cash comes through... looks like it will be a good read.

baku's picture
Joined: 2013 Jan 22

Looks interesting, I will put money in for a digital copy.

Temporary Joe's picture
Joined: 2009 Nov 14

I would totally buy a hardback copy as long as it's within price range (under $50). Mac gaming is somewhat of a niche topic, as it was shareware developers that really pushed the platform (even though it got a lot of ports).

mossy_11's picture
Joined: 2009 Sep 5

Related to this, I've just put out an audio documentary, which draws on portions of my book interviews with Robyn and Rand Miller, about The Manhole.

I highly recommend checking it out, and if you like it consider pledging to the book campaign because it'll contain more stories like this (only presented in a more traditional written narrative).