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The books, the movies, the junk in the attic, with a quick word about the books. There have been a huge number of books published about video games recently, and Mel appears in a lot of them. In other words, we've had to leave most of them out. The video games titles featured on this page are either ones he particularly likes, or ones that don't actually call him a tosser.

FROM BEDROOMS TO BILLIONS

Mel Croucher Devil's Acre

From Bedrooms to Billions - the movie that tells the incredible true story of the pioneers of the British video games industry. The film reveals some of the remarkable stories, struggles and successes that saw the UK video games industry go from nothing into a major force, littered with original thinkers, innovators and eccentric characters.

Buy FROM BEDROOMS TO BILLIONS, the movie
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AGIT DISCO

Mel Croucher - Agit Disco

This is the story of how music has inspired and politically influenced the writers Sian Addicott, Louise Carolin, Peter Conlin, Mel Croucher, Martin Dixon, John Eden, Sarah Falloon, Simon Ford, Peter Haining, Stewart Home, Tom Jennings, DJ Krautpleaser, Roger McKinley, Micheline Mason, Tracey Moberly, Luca Paci, Room 13, Howard Slater, Johnny Spencer, Stefan Szczelkun, Andy T, Neil Transpontine and Tom Vague.

"The outstanding feature of this book is the broad range of artists, styles and eras. Through the personal choices made and the reasons given for making them, social history is told." Socialism and Democracy

Buy AGIT DISCO, by Stefan Szczelkun
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REPLAY: The History Of Video Games

Mel Croucher - the History Of Video Games

"While others dabbled, Mel Croucher's agit-prop games continued to push back the boundaries, reaching their zenith with Deus Ex Machina."

"A riveting account of the strange birth and remarkable evolution of the most important development in entertainment since television, Replay is the ultimate history of video games. Based on extensive research and interviews with key movers and shakers from gaming's past, Replay tells the sensational story of how the creative vision of game designers gave rise to one of the world's most popular and dynamic art forms." Goodreads

Buy REPLAY: The History Of Video Games, by Tristan Donovan
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1001 VIDEO GAMES TOU MUST PLAY BEFORE YOU DIE

Mel Croucher - 1001 Games Youy Must Play Before You Die

"Early computer game entrepreneur Mel Croucher came up with singular artistic endeavours, ambitious, obtuse and self-indulgent, but also weirdly hypnotic. Deus Ex Machina ... a genre-defying product."

"This action-packed book presents the best videogames from around the world - from video game expert Tony Mott - charting the highlights of the past fifty years." Goodreads

Buy 1001 VIDEO GAMES YOU MUST PLAY BEFORE YOU DIE, by Tony Mott
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SPECCY NATION: A Tribute To The Golden Age of British Gaming

Mel Croucher - Speccy Nation

"Join veteran games journalist and author Dan Whitehead on a journey through fifty games that helped to define the golden age of British gaming. From the timeless classics to unlikely cult favourites, and even the games so eccentric they could only have come from Britain in the 1980s." Goodreads.

Mel's Deus Ex Machina and iD both make the grade.

Buy SPECCY NATION, A Tribute To The Golden Age of British Gaming, by Dan Whitehead
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES: The Evolution Of A Global Industry

Mel Croucher - A Brief History Of Video Games

"By 1984 Mel Croucher was a veteran of the software landscape and presenting cutting-edge gameplay. It's even more of an abstract and weird experience now. The current era makes even the Spectrum's best software look horribly dated, but oddly enough his work retains a hypnotic charm even now - the huge sprites, gentle style of play and unsettling background chatter still create an original headspace."



Buy A BRIEF HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES, by Richard Stanton
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SINCLAIR ZX SPECTRUM: A Visual Compendium

Mel Croucher - Sinclair ZX Spectrum

"Relive the glory days of the Spectrum with this collection of classic games. We trace the lineage of the Spectrum through iconic titles from The Hobbit to Deus Ex Machina. A glorious, character-clashing step back in time."



Buy SINCLAIR ZX SPECTRUM, by Sam Dyer
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