August 1994

If you'd like to read more about the history of videogames, from the Odyssey system to the 3DO, then you should pick up a new book by Leonard Herman called Phoenix: The Fall and Rise of Home Videogames. The book is filled with info from the past, and includes info about new technology as well. In roughly 24 chapters, you learn about the history of videogames year-by-year, from 1970 to 1993. There are also chapters specifically on Virtual Reality and Multimedia. 

The book goes in-depth on how videogames have evolved from their early beginnings in the '70s, to the technological wonders they are today. After reading this book, you will not only understand videogames better, but the industry as a whole.