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PostPosted: Wed May 9, '12, 12:05 am 
This is the cover of The Art of Video Games - From Pac-Man to Mass Effect, the companion book to the Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibit. It is very simple in composition, but also quite effective. Few video game characters are as iconic in American culture as Blinky, the red ghost who chased Pac-Man across arcade screens. Although most people may not know his name, almost anyone who sees the ghost will instantly recognize the book is about games. I, for one, would have like a Phantasy Star character on there, but I can't fault the designer for this approach.

Image from The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect, By Chris Melissinos and Patrick O’Rourke. Compilation © 2012 Welcome Enterprises, Inc.,

PostPosted: Thu May 10, '12, 6:33 am 
Very impressive cover. Simple, but elegant, and it get's the point across rather well, I think. Love the colors. I look forward to reading this book at some point in the future.

PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, '15, 10:42 pm 
Just wondering if anyone has read this book or seen it anywhere? If so, what did you think of it? Is it worth a read? Think I will check out my local library to see if they have it there.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, '15, 1:38 am 
I haven't actually seen it for myself, nor do we have one. I think they may have been selling them when I saw the exhibit a couple years back, but I don't remember for sure. It's probably worth looking at and art books usually are fun to look at, and provide interesting background on the game's art development! I haven't fully read The Art of Remember Me I got at PAX, but what I scanned through while waiting for a panel was impressive. Thanks to that, I have a few other Art of... books on my list to get, including Bioshock Infinite, The Last of Us, and this.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, '17, 12:42 pm 
The cover is great but I haven't seen this book even here (and evidently no translation...)

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