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William Arkush and the Video Game Data Library

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

William (Bill) Arkush is noted for his distribution of an early series of video game technical manuals known as the Video Game Data Library. The manuals focused on early black and white video games produced during the 1970’s; games such as Pin Pong by Atari, Tank by Kee Games, and Gun Fight by Midway, amongst others.

Tank by Kee Games

The manuals have a wealth of detailed, game specific information about how to keep the machines working and earning for the operator. They were printed in an odd, over sized format, with color covers, color pages and plastic spiral binding. Trouble shooting “video” games was a new concept for operators in the 1970’s as electro-mechanical games and pinball machines were still in service. Good technical information about this new type of game was important, so the manuals were likely well used. Perhaps that’s why it’s so difficult to find a full set in good shape. Insert coin to continue…