A Handheld History by Lost in Cult is a historical and personal look at the world of handheld gaming, in a way that no other book has done to date.
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About A Handheld History
“A Handheld History” takes readers on a journey through the evolution of handheld gaming devices, from the humble beginnings of classic Game Boy to the sleek and powerful consoles of today. The book explores the cultural impact of handheld gaming, examining how these portable devices have shaped the way we play and interact with games. Through in-depth interviews with industry pioneers and insightful analysis, Lost In Cult sheds light on the groundbreaking innovations and design philosophies that have defined the handheld gaming landscape. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to the world of video games, “A Handheld History” is a must-read for anyone who wants to delve deeper into the fascinating world of portable gaming.
A Handheld History — Lost In Cult is a unique celebration of portable platforms and their iconic games.
Forty years ago, businessmen fiddling with calculators inspired Gunpei Yokoi to create the Game & Watch. Ever since then, handheld gaming has been hugely influential, spawning communities who trade Pokémon in the playground and share Miis on the subway. This introspective adventure will delve into decades of gaming memories and reconnect you to that long car journey full of discarded AA batteries before speeding ahead to the contemporary days of blockbusters in your backpack.
Handheld gaming is celebrated loudly, proudly, and across hundreds of beautifully assembled pages of art and essays. Featuring words from many incredible voices, this is an unmissable ode to the gaming device that you keep close to your heart – right in your jacket pocket.
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Businessmen fiddling with calculators inspired Gunpei Yokoi to conceptualize the Game & Watch. A Handheld History is inspired by the forty-year portable gaming empire that spawned from those LCD screens.
Brought to you in partnership with Retro Dodo—the internet’s leading retro gaming site—A Handheld History is an explorative jaunt through the systems and games that defined the legacy of portable systems. Less of a historical account and more of a poignant, introspective adventure across decades of gaming memories, this book will reconnect you to that long car trip full of Tetriminos, Mewtwos, and discarded AA batteries before speeding ahead to our contemporary days of OLED screens and blockbusters in your backpack.
Handheld gaming is a cornerstone tenet of the industry, one that has spawned communities who exchange Miis on the subway and Pokemon on the playground. Friendships were made in this pocket of the medium, and it ought to be celebrated loudly, proudly, and across hundreds of beautifully-assembled pages of art and essays. Featuring words from Jason Bradbury, Janet Garcia, Jeff Grubb, Mike Diver, Larry Bundy Jr., Ashens and many more incredible voices, this is an unmissable ode to the gaming device that you keep close to your heart—right in your jacket pocket.
About Lost In Cult, Publishers of A Handheld History
Lost In Cult is an independent book publisher and design studio based in the United Kingdom dedicated to celebrating video games as a culturally significant art form. Lost In Cult puts the industry’s best writers and artists in conversation with the medium’s most important works and creators to examine their rich, often-overlooked history. With a dual emphasis on long-form prose and bespoke artwork, Lost In Cult challenges curiously-minded games enthusiasts to consider the field differently, exploring themes and ideas which conceptualize both perennial classics and overlooked gems through contemporary lenses.
Lost In Cult was founded in 2021 by director Jon Doyle. They publish the gaming journal [lock-on], which focuses on original artwork and in-depth features from writers. They also create historical, critical, and educational resource books dedicated to video games, movies, and pop culture.
Titles by Lost in Cult
Lost In Cult, an independent book publisher and design studio from the UK, has a website/shop that is a haven for video game enthusiasts who appreciate the artistic depth of the medium. Lost In Cult invites readers to delve into the captivating stories and ideas behind both beloved classics and hidden gems. Immerse yourself in their world and discover a new perspective on the artistry of video games. Their books are amazingly beautiful (be sure and look at their shop) and their website is really beautiful. You find yourself in their world and discover a new perspective on the artistry of video games.
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