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Coleco: The Official Book

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Just received my copy of Coleco: The Official Book by Antoine Clerc-Renaud and Jean-François Dupuis. It's a history of Coleco Industries, including content about Coleco (Canada) Limited based in Montreal. There is that geek side of me that really likes computer/video game business histories, so I couldn't pass this up. Amply illustrated with an engaging portrait of the people that were part of Coleco's meteoric rise and fall, I'm really looking forward to reading this one through!

http://www.colecobook.com
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Cool.

Thanks for the share!

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I don't think there's anything "geeky" about it. Too many people wander about doing and reading crap just because everyone else does without any enjoyment or interest.
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It would be a very interesting read, I remember playing colleco in the mid 80''s.
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Very neat, thanks for posting.
Cool addition to any mancave/arcade book/manual/schem archive/library.
want one now....
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shane wrote:Very neat, thanks for posting.
Cool addition to any mancave/arcade book/manual/schem archive/library.
want one now....
Archive library!

Mine has a sizeable Apple focus, sprinkled with industry histories, studies, and original user guides. Need a new shelf!
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I am definitely ordering that Coleco book. thanks for sharing!

I also highly recommend these recent books for classic videogame indulgence:
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library http://thepunkeffect.com/products-page/
Commodore Amiga Visual Compendium http://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/collection ... ommpendium
Commodore 64 Visual Compendium http://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/collection ... 9606161155
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Around 12-13 years ago I worked in an office that had just relocated to 4020 St-Ambroise in Saint-Henri. What was to become our office space was still untouched since Coleco was using it many years earlier (I guess in the early 80's). There were blank cartridges and rolls of the stickers that they used to put on the cartridges still lying around after the many of years of the building being used by squatters and the homeless. I remember "Cabbage Patch Kids" cartridges being among those lying around. Don't know if they were even programmed and working.

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Cool story, you didn't happen to grab some coleco stuff did you?
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Yeah you're a Vidz Freaks !!
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twnotter wrote:Cool story, you didn't happen to grab some coleco stuff did you?
I didn't. The place was filthy. Squatters had lived there and it was brutal. Drug paraphernalia and discarded food boxes everywhere. It's since been renovated and is now very nice.
If you go in the building today, they have a Coleco System at one of the entrances on display, kind of a tribute I suppose. On the 4th floor they used to have Dirty Harry and SF2 pins as well. Was a pretty cool building to work in.

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Une petite note -- je pense qu'il y aura une version française de l'histoire.

Selon le site kickstarter pour le projet, il y a un message qui concerne une traduction, mais les mises à jour sont reservées pour les backers.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bo ... te-history

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I have someone gets in touch with Steve Young and the archives he has access to, and does a book like this about Gottlieb.
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The Evener wrote: Archive library!

Mine has a sizeable Apple focus, sprinkled with industry histories, studies, and original user guides. Need a new shelf!
I WANT THE PAC-GLASS!

... and the Coleco book but not wild about paying $15 shipping. :oops:
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I collect Atari 2600 and Colecovision stuff. im really looking forward to this book, thanks for sharing!

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OTTOgd wrote:
The Evener wrote: Archive library!

Mine has a sizeable Apple focus, sprinkled with industry histories, studies, and original user guides. Need a new shelf!
I WANT THE PAC-GLASS!

... and the Coleco book but not wild about paying $15 shipping. :oops:
I need a Pac-Man coffee mug for work!

There is mention of a PDF on the Kickstarter site, so if you don't mind using a digital version you might be able to purchase and download in the near future.

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Anyone get this book and is willing to part with it? I am doing a case study on Coleco for my MBA and would love to buy or even borrow a copy.

Please le me know.

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