The History of the Adventure Video Game

Author: Christopher Carton

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  • Discover the origins of adventure gaming, dating back to the ’70s
  • Learn about the histories of influential gaming companies like Sierra On-Line,

LucasArts and Telltale Games

  • See the evolution from text adventures to point-and-click adventures and onwards to 3D adventure gaming
  • Hundreds of full-colour screenshots from the ’70s up to the modern day
  • Details and trivia from some of adventure gaming’s biggest franchises, such as the

Monkey Island, Broken Sword and Myst series

  • Discover hidden gems from the indie scene, licensed titles and future hits from industry veterans

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Adventure video games have provided players with epic and hilarious storytelling for over fifty years. What started from the humble beginnings of text adventures led to a blast of point-and-click and graphic adventure games throughout the ’80s and ’90s. Trailblazers like Roberta and Ken Williams, Ron Gilbert, Tim Schaffer and Dave Grossman brought timeless characters, stories and puzzles to life, lighting the imaginations and wracking the brains of gamers around the world.

This book showcases the companies, games and creators that have made the adventure video game one of the most passionately-adored genres in the medium. In these pages you’ll find histories on influential companies such as Sierra On-Line, LucasArts and Telltale Games, as well as some of the most revered games in the genre.

With a bright future emerging as veterans and newcomers forge ahead with new ideas and visual flourishes for adventure games, there’s never been a better time to become acquainted (or reacquainted!) with a colourful and exciting part of gaming history.

So point your cursor over the link button and click that mouse!

About the Author

Chris Carton loves video games and movies, both good and bad. He was born in Galway, but now lives in Cork with his family, where he still tries to play and watch as many games and movies as he can squeeze into his busy family life. He once saved his pocket money and spent it on Small Soldiers for PSI, so you’re in good hands here. He has previously written A Guide to Video Game Movies and The Ultimate Book of Movie Monsters for Pen & Sword/White Owl books.


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