July 19, 2013

New Video Game Book: Collecting for Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace


Collecting For CoverJuly 18 2013, Brantford, ON  The Personal Computer Museum is publishing a brand new book called “Collecting for Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace” that covers two of the most loved LaserDisc video games ever made. Dragon’s Lair officially turned 30 years old on June 19, 2013.

Written by Syd Bolton, who (according to the CBC) has the largest collection of video games in Canada, Collecting for Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace not only chronicles the hundreds of home releases of games, clothing, collectible merchandise, magazines, toys and more, but also includes an incredible amount of behind-the-scenes information on the development of the games which continue to see home releases right up until this year.

“Along with an introduction that’ll likely slap a nostalgic smile across your face, Syd Bolton has exhaustively aggregated and annotated virtually every Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace video game and merchandise known to modern man” says Marc Saltzman, syndicated gaming and technology columnist, author, TV and radio show host. “While it’s a specialist’s book, game enthusiasts, retro fans, and old folks will find it a fun read” says Steven Kent, noted video game historian and author of “The Ultimate History of Video Games”.

The book will ship next week (July 24, 2013) and can be ordered through the website, which will contain support materials for the book shortly. The book will also be available on next week. It is 170 pages, 8.5″x11″, full color and perfect bound.

Dragon’s Lair recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and was the first fully animated LaserDisc video game. It generated millions in sales and revived, for a short time, the ailing arcade industry. The follow-up, Space Ace, was released in the Spring of 1984. Unfortunately, the arcade business continued to decline. Both games have been available for home computers and game consoles since 1984 spanning hundreds of releases and also spawned many related items.

Interest in the franchise has continued to this day and there is even a new documentary film “Inside the Dragon’s Lair” in the works which is expected to release in 2014.

The Personal Computer Museum was founded by Syd Bolton in 2005 and run by a team of 40 volunteers. They have over 1,000 computers ranging from 1976 and up and over 25,000 artifacts. The museum has been featured in media around the world and is also home to Canada’s largest collection of video games and video discs. Visit for more information.

Look for an interview with Syd about his book on Episode 61 of The OMG! Hour podcast.

About the Author

Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.



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