New Retro Gaming Book Series 'Pixel Nation' Launches

New-Retro-Gaming-Book-Series-Pixel-Nation-LaunchesAside from Retro Gamer Magazine and the recent arrival of the Pix'N Love books, there has been little literature for retro fanatics to sit back and enjoy. To remedy this, a collection of enthusiastic individuals have gathered and formed the Pixel Nation- a new quarterly book set to open up the boundaries of traditional gaming publications.

The 100 page A5 glossy book has been made available on the Pixel Nation website, hosting a wealth of articles and submissions from all kinds of sources- including ones from the RetroCollect team. Not only did we contribute an article looking back on the era of Super Nintendo floppy disk copy devices, but also our regular writer Miketendo has graced Pixel Nation with a nostalgic look on the 1990's Legend of Zelda cartoon.

Pixel Nation Issue 1 Contents

  • Can video games be considered art? - We talk to Jose Emroca Flores, Dutch artist Metin Sevin from Seventh Heaven as we attempt to answer the question “Can video games truly be considered as art?“
  • 2D Platform Revival - An in-depth look at the classic 2D Platform genre, how it faded away, and its current resurgence on modern platforms.
  • Design Classic: NiGHTS into Dreams - Huge feature on the beautiful Sega title Nights into Dreams. This is a “Design Classic” concept, where we outline in detail a particular game, and what makes it a design classic as well as its history.
  • Retro Icon: Outrun - Yes, we obviously love Sega, but really, all the cool kids do! A huge in-depth feature, and our regular “Retro Icon“ concept, going into mega detail about the original Outrun Coin-Op and what makes it unquestionably a Retro Icon.
  • Bob Wakelin Interview - We interview super influential 80’s British video game artist Bob Wakelin, and take a look at some of his favourite pieces of game art.
  • RetroCollect guide to Floppy Discs, the Gaming Black Market and the Far East - Yeah, we’re going there! The awesome and very knowledgeable Adam of RetroCollect joins the Pixel Nation, and gives you a wonderfully entertaining look at the various copying devices and black market shadiness from the world of retro games.
  • Confessions of a Girl Gamer - But I thought this was a geeky boys club? No! Geeky girls play too! An excellent and thought provoking look at some of video games most iconic female characters, as written from the perspective of an actual real life girl gamer!
  • Zelda Cartoon Feature - “Well, excuse me Princess!” We interview the two voice actors from the 1980’s Zelda cartoon, to get an insiders perspective on the show.
  • Spotlight: Koji Kando - A look at some of the awesome output from the Japanese video game music composer who has composed some of the most iconic game music of all time.
  • Amiga 1200 Look Back - Who doesn’t go weak at the knee’s for Commodores super beast of an Amiga? This is a richly detailed look at the history behind the system and how it came to be.
  • Shadow of the Beast Interview - Another exclusive interview, as we talk to the man behind the Amiga classic Shadow of the Beast, Martin Edmondson, in the first of a two part special speaking to the people behind the games.
  • Tomb Raider 2 – A Saturn vs. PlayStation Story
  • The Rise & Fall of Arcades
  • The Year in Games - 1985

Pixel Nation Issue 1 can now be ordered from the official Pixel Nation website for just £8.99. Don't miss out!

Link: Pixel Nation

Last Updated ( 23 March 2012 )  


Better known as Adam offline, Cauterize is one of RetroCollect's final bosses with an unhealthy addiction to pixels. When he's not out searching the web for the latest retro gaming news or creating content for RetroCollect, he'll will most likely be found working on his Sensible Soccer skills.

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(Link to this comment) Miketendo 2012-03-24 02:33
Cauterize, myself, and everyone who worked on this did a fantastic job. The finished product looks fantastic, and is well worth the price! Definitely check it out and help us support independent gaming journalism!
(Link to this comment) Tyron 2012-03-26 20:04
Have they thought about creating a kindle version or one for the Iphone? Looks good to me, will have to order it as soon as pay day comes in :)
(Link to this comment) Tyron 2012-03-26 20:07
Just checked the website and if your impatient like me you can order a pdf version for £3.99 :)

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