SMOKE AND MIRRORS
THE RISE AND FALL OF
A SERIAL ANTIPRENEUR
Written By Mike James
This is an official account of events that led to the evolution of GameGavel, RETRO magazine, the RETRO VGS, and the Coleco Chameleon
written by somebody who was involved and had inside information that has never been published before.
It is a factual account of events, but more than that, it is a human story of the man behind the GameGavel Network and the Retro VGS / Coleco Chameleon
and shows how one man's dream can quickly become a nightmare.
Mike Kennedy set out with good intentions and wanted to produce a video game console but somewhere along the way he lost control of his vision,
his empire, and his livelihood.
At any stage, he could have stopped the descent into madness but he chose to double down and forge ahead.
Two Years of research, interviews, and behind-the-scenes accounts of the story that lead to
the creation of the Coleco Chameleon, considered one of the biggest scams in video game history.
You may think you’ve heard it all until you read this book.
Never before released interviews and details on the story behind the video gaming villain, Mike Kennedy.
Join Mike on his journey from hobby gamer to C.E.O. and back again and experience his highs and lows along the way.
Mike James, born in 1970, first experienced gaming in the form of the British Prestel Machine (Press Telephone) in the late 70s. Next came the generic “Pong” machine from Binatone with an amazing 3 games on it, Tennis (Pong), Football and Squash. Basically using a long stick to hit a square ball but man the hours put into that thing!
Published author and co-founder and co-host of the Retro Gaming Roundup podcast since 2009.
"There's something very suspicious about this crowdfunded retro games console named after the Colecovision."
Finally got around to reading Smoke and Mirrors, well done! It provided a lot of insight and clarity to events that happened to me in 2015.
Anyway, it was a great read indeed, almost painful at times!
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