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  • How NetHack, Angband, and Other Roguelikes Changed the Course of Video Games
  • By: David L. Craddock
  • Narrated by: Mike Rylander
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
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Dungeon Hacks

By: David L. Craddock
Narrated by: Mike Rylander
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Summary

In 1980, computers were instruments of science and mathematics, military secrets and academia. Stern administrators lorded over sterile university laboratories and stressed one point to the wide-eyed students privileged enough to set foot within them: Computers were not toys.

Defying authority, hackers seized control of monolithic mainframes to create a new breed of computer game: the roguelike, cryptic, and tough-as-nails adventures drawn from text-based symbols instead of state-of-the-art 3-D graphics.

Despite their visual simplicity, roguelike games captivate thousands of players around the world. From the author of the best-selling Stay Awhile and Listen series, Dungeon Hacks introduces you to the visionaries behind some of the most popular roguelikes of all time and shows how their creations paved the way for the blockbuster video games of today - and beyond.

©2015 David Craddock (P)2015 Audiobooks.com
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The Singing Happy Drunk reads you his memoirs. --more--

This is a great little history of a not-as-niche-as-you-might-have-thunk area of videogames. There's not much else to give in the way of general description to be honest, if you're looking at a book on the history of roguelikes, then you know what you're looking at.
It is such a strange subject for a book that I was actually slightly worried that this would be a load of tedious waffle, or else a thinly disguised copypaste of wiki articles and forum posts. I shouldn't have worried. This is a very competently researched and professionally presented book. The author has bothered to track down many of the personalities involved and interview them, which added a huge amount to the book, and they clearly have an understanding of what they are writing about.
Overall, due to the laser-focused title and uncommon subject matter, I have to assume that if you're looking at this book, then you're the target audience. Since you're the target audience, buy this book - you'll enjoy it.

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  • E H
  • 28-10-16

awesome!

great topic, well narrated. love Angband and this book reminded me why! definitely worth a listen.

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  • David Molay
  • 01-07-16

A nostalgic look at an accidental classic

Simply amazing. I've loved these games for many years, but had no idea how interesting the history of their creation would be. Any person calling themselves a gamer should listen to this book and try these games.

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  • Jesse
  • 12-02-16

Excellent

I enjoyed it. I'm a big NetHack, FTL, Rogue Legacy fan and if you know what those things are you'll probably enjoy it too.

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  • Michael Whitt
  • 13-01-19

Awesome insight into the history of Roguelikes.

I still have a few chapters left but loving this book and the narration is very well done. Will update with full review once done.

Avid Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup, Nethack and Angband player.