This retro computers trivia book is so strange, I just had to meet the author

retro computers; a man holds up a book
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Most books about retro computers can be a little samey, a bit dry and functionary. Steven Goodwin's 20 GOTO 10: 10101001 facts about retro computers is a little different; it's a celebration of classic computers from ZX Spectrum to Apple and, well… everything, but filtered through the numbers that represent these cherished machines and the weird secret that are hidden within.

The book is strange; there's no beginning middle or end, like a classic choose your own adventure you start reading at anywhere, pick a number that appeals and follow its route through history. The reason why Steve Wozniak priced the Apple ][ computer at $666.66? I now know. Why the highest score in Pac-Man is 3333360? I know, do you? What does the number in ZX81 mean? That's for me and Goodwin to know. 

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Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and video game titles Play and Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on digital art, VFX and video games and tech, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.