Video games have often taken themselves too seriously. Whether it was Mortal Kombat or giving shooting powers to a bird, videogames are often wild and wacky. Downright Bizarre Games by Michael Thomasson pulls together more than just the wild and wacky video games but so much more. Featuring over 220 pages of content this book is one for the collector in your life (and makes a great unexpected gift this holiday season). This is not some fly by night publication as Mr. Thomasson is quite prolific in the retro gaming world and he claims to have spent over 1,700 hours on this book doing research and editing. He knows his stuff folks.
For those that don’t know, while working for UnNamed Gaming (now defunct), I interviewed Mr. Thomasson and we discussed his retro gaming store–Good Deal Games (back then it was Homebrew Heaven). This was around 2008 or 2009. I bring this up to help alleviate any thoughts that Mr. Thomasson is just a new guy that figured out how to use Google Search. He has been living and breathing retrogaming for years. Downright Bizarre Games is just one of his newest efforts to bring well cured content to gamers that are getting tired of Kickstarter after Kickstarter for funds for lackluster product.
What I find interesting about Downright Bizarre Games is that it is not just focused on the games. There are bits on the publicity stunts companies pulled, the fiascos that erupted, and even wild headlines we saw back in the day.
For video game fans, Downright Bizarre Games is a must have for the book shelf right alongside Vintage Games by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton and also Confessions of the Game Doctor by Bill Kunkel. Yes, I am very picky about what video game related books are on my book shelf and I can honestly say Downright Bizarre Games would fit right in.
If ordering via Good Deal Games website, you can request that your copy be signed by Mr. Thomasson.