A lot has happened since the release of the first edition of Start in 2011. Almost two generations of consoles later with the arrival of the PS4/One and PS5/Series, the work signed by the journalist of Libération and main presenter of the podcast “ Silence, we play” returns in a new, expanded edition still published by Editions de la Martinière.
The new edition
This new edition, released on November 3, contains 83 additional pages, bringing the total to 288 compared to the previous version, which cost the same price.
Essentially the same size, namely 19×25 cm, it looks back on the great games that have characterized every generation of machines from their infancy in 1958 to the current hegemony, where it has never been more popular and present all around us.
Erwan Cario therefore takes advantage of this new release to discuss the notable titles of recent years, such as Zelda Breath Of The Wild, which lived the heyday of the Nintendo Switch, or the Elden Ring, which largely fueled the debates of the podcast he host. for over ten years and we listen to him every week!
Our previous video game shows
Our feelings about the work!
Having studied it for more than thirty years, we are well aware of the history of the media and it is no less an example of compact and complete support of its history. We generally don’t dwell on a title or a point for more than two pages, which makes it perfect for snacking, terms we just invented.
Certainly, there are many chapters that are part of the author’s video game journey and with which we share some similarities. In the disorder, the blow related to the discovery of Eric Chahi’s game Another World (which I already talked to you about in the show), the arrival of machines like the Amiga 500, the Metal Gear Solid blow, or else again the great return of Rayman at the beginning of the 2010s. We also take advantage of the work to look back on certain important eras, such as the video game crash of 1983 and the arrival of the title ET on Atari 2600, both a symbol and the final straw that broke the camel’s back on a market polluted by far too many bad games. ‘
And finally, the book ends with a list of 350 games you must have played in your life. Very curious, we took part in the test game and if the statement does not say that you must have completed them all or not, we can already tell you that we have played 173 of this famous list!
Since video game culture is a source of enormous wealth, we still missed the Souls series, Fumito Ueda’s games or even the Splinter Cell saga. So we rushed to read what Erwan Cario thought of it, so that it would whet our appetite and put certain titles a bit at the top of our ‘to do list’.
► Release: 03/11/2021
► Author: Erwan Cario
► Editions: La Martinière Edition
► Dimensions: 19 x 25.5 cm
► Number of pages: 288
► Price: €29.95