Retro Video Game Community Welcomes Revamped Dot Eaters Website

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The Dot Eaters, an oft-quoted online repository of retro video gaming history and evolution is proud to announce its re-launch, to service any retro gamers’ thirst for knowledge about the very beginnings of video games up until the early Nintendo releases.

William Hunter

The whole site is wonderfully put together. You know what it feels like? If Ken Burns did a documentary on video games, this material would be the companion book.

On May 1st, retro video gaming takes centre stage with The Dot Eaters, an often-referenced retro game history resource site going live after undergoing a lengthy facelift. Having been around in earlier forms for the past 15 years, the site presents a vibrant narrative of the beginning of video game systems up to the early forms of Nintendo. Several colleges and universities have included the site in their curriculum for students, and authors have referenced The Dot Eaters in their work.

Since 1998, William Hunter has been on a mission to establish a retro video game history website of record that chronicles the evolution of video gaming. The Dot Eaters has been a trusted authority for anyone looking to educate himself on retro video gaming.

“...the Dot Eaters. Okay, If you're a 1980s gamer geek, you could easily spend an entire day at this website, which is a comprehensive history of video games beginning in the years that preceded Pong, and heading all the way up to the Vectrex/Atari 7800 years. The whole site is wonderfully put together, with screen shots, and pictures of consoles, machines and designers. You know what it feels like? If Ken Burns did a documentary on video games, this material would be the companion book.”–Wil Wheaton, Actor from Star Trek, The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory and the movie: Stand By Me.

The launch party for the website is on Thursday, May 16th from 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. at the Saviari Tea + Cocktail lounge located on 926 King St. West. William will present his new website and launch a retro game tournament featuring the notorious Atari VCS/2600 version of Pac-Man. For a $5 entry fee, people can participate in the competition. The event details are posted on Facebook. To RSVP, please email The event itself is free and appetizers will be served.

William Hunter is a retro video games blogger and historian who lives in Toronto. For over 15 years, he has compiled a history like no other of retro games while telling the stories of these games, systems, individuals and companies; researching and writing an extensive textual history, hunting down relevant images, recording videos, and all the other sundry things that go into maintaining a website dedicated to a subject of such breadth as video games.

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