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The Atari VCS: The Rise of the Machines

Kenneth B. McAlpine

in Bits and Pieces: A History of Chiptunes

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190496098
eISBN:
9780190496135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190496098.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

This chapter explores the Atari VCS, the machine that took video games out of the arcades and into the living room and established Atari as the dominant player in the home video games industry, at ... More


The Commodore 64: For the Masses, Not the Classes

Kenneth B. McAlpine

in Bits and Pieces: A History of Chiptunes

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190496098
eISBN:
9780190496135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190496098.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

Commodore’s C64 was a musical powerhouse. Its on-board sound chip, the Sound Interface Device, gave it the functionality of a professional three-channel digital synthesizer. This chapter explores the ... More


Nintendo’s NES: A Shop of Strange and Wonderful Things

Kenneth B. McAlpine

in Bits and Pieces: A History of Chiptunes

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190496098
eISBN:
9780190496135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190496098.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

The North American video game crash of 1983 made it difficult for Nintendo to break into the American market with its new console, the Nintendo Entertainment System. When it finally did gain a ... More


The ZX Spectrum: The Sound of One Bit

Kenneth B. McAlpine

in Bits and Pieces: A History of Chiptunes

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780190496098
eISBN:
9780190496135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190496098.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Popular

The ZX Spectrum, even for its time, was a very simple machine, yet it was a runaway commercial success, almost single-handedly kickstarting the UK games industry. This chapter examines the launch of ... More


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