8-Bit Apocalypse

The Untold Story of Atari's Missile Command



ISBN: 9781419738937 Category:

Alex Rubens


The untold story of Atari’s Missile Command With the advent of the arcade, Atari Inc. and its iconic game, Missile Command, were at the forefront of the industry’s explosion, helping usher in both the age of the video game and the gamer lifestyle. In 8-Bit Apocalypse, tech insider Alex Rubens delves into electronic history to tell of an era when arcade games were designed, written, and coded by individual designers. He interviews major figures including Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and Missile Command creator David Theurer, who suffered from frequent nightmares of nuclear holocaust as he worked on the game. The first in-depth, personal history of the era, 8-Bit Apocalypse combines Rubens’s tech industry knowledge and experience as a gaming journalist to conjure the wild silicon frontier of the ’80s.

Additional information

Weight 283 g
Dimensions 14 x 20.9 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 October 2019
Number of pages 256
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Foreword by Jeff Gerstmann
Dimensions 14 x 20.9 cm
Weight 283 g


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Alex Rubens is a strategic partner manager at Google, managing content partnerships for YouTube's eSports division. He has written articles on video game culture and development for outlets such as Complex and HuffPost, and for video game websites Polygon and IGN. He lives in Los Angeles.