Book Launch Events

I cannot believe they have let me do this, but it's real! It will be released on 18th April 2019, and is AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW - click here in the UK or click here if you’re elsewhere!

I’ll be doing a bunch of different events to celebrate the launch - at each of these, you’ll have the chance to meet up and get a signed copy (even before the official release date). Details:

Sun 14th April - Cambridge: WIFI WARS (matinee and evening shows)
- Live interactive videogaming/comedy show (play games on your smartphone!)
- Different games at each show, so feel free to come to both!

Mon 15th April - London: BOOK SIGNING at Forbidden Planet (6pm - 7pm)
- Please come to this, or I’ll just be a man looking sad behind a table

Tue 16th April - London: THE VIDEO GAME GAME SHOW SHOW (evening show)
- Comedians battle on classic games, you join in too on your smartphones

Thu 18th April - Birmingham: WIFI WARS (matinee and evening shows)
- Live interactive videogaming/comedy show (play games on your smartphone!)
- Different games at each show, so feel free to come to both!

Fri 19th April (Good Friday) - Sheffield: EXCLUSIVE BOOK READING/Q&A (Only chance to see!)
- Intimate event, just 24 places per show (Tickets: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm)
- At the National Videogame Museum - make a day of it!

A bit more about the book:
On the first day of pre-sale, the book became Amazon’s number one Bestselling PC & Video Games book, above titles on Minecraft, Fortnite, The Legend of Zelda and The Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition. I immediately had an anxiety attack and then died on my arse at a corporate gig. Thus, balance was restored to the Universe.

Here's the blurb the publishers wrote about the book...

A hilarious history of the golden period of computer games from the creator of Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit.

It is fair to say Steve McNeil likes video games. He took a Nintendo Wii with him on his honeymoon (obviously), and spent so much time playing smartphone games in bed in the dark that he got eye strain and had to wear an eye patch. The locals nicknamed him 'the pale pirate'.

Steve's obsession with video games can be traced back to the golden period from the early 70s to the late 90s. In this book he will delve into these games - from the appallingly bad to the breathtakingly good. He will also take us through the nerdy geniuses who created them, their fierce rivalries and risks often leading to some of the most farcical moments in the history of entertainment.

This is a story of obsession, full of tales of Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Mario, Sonic, Wolfenstein 3D, Worms and many more. It will also answer important questions about the golden age. Questions like: Why did Namco feel they had to change the name of Puck-Man to Pac-Man because they were worried about graffiti, when Nintendo were more than happy to bring out Duck Hunt?

Joysticks at the ready. Let's Play!

What people have said about the book:

Equal parts hilarious and informative, Hey, Listen! should be in every gamer’s library.
- Lucy James (Gamespot)

A thoroughly enjoyable look at the early days of video gaming - comprehensive and fun. Loved it!
- Stuart Ashen (aka ashens)

Steve McNeil is funny, knowledgeable, and a massive, shameless, nerd. His brilliant book reminded me just how much of my life I’ve wasted. If the Golden Age of Gaming is a horse, then Steve’s book is the stable.
- Paul Rose (aka Mr Biffo), Digitiser

If “Games Master” was a Nobel title passed on through the ages like “Rear of the Year” rather than simply the name of a 90s magazine/TV show then Steve would surely be the current holder of the esteemed position. What I’m saying is, he knows a LOT about games...
- Scroobius Pip

The 'A La Recherche du Temps Perdu' of the gaming community. The 'A La Recherche du Temps Pew-Pew-Pew', as it were.
- Dara O'Briain

Hugely funny, and full of fantastic facts about the history of video games. But enough about me; Steve's book is also quite good.
- Ellie Gibson, Eurogamer

Taking us on a historical journey from the very early days all the way through to the late 1990's the book tells the stories of the men and women behind some of the most wonderful (and occasionally awful) games of the golden age, the fierce rivalries, bizarre business practices and downright bonkers risks taken during the pioneering days of computer and video gaming. This informal yet extremely well-researched book manages to educate and entertain in equal measure and this - dare I say - well-informed retrohead actually learnt a good deal. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
- Mark Howlett (aka Lord Arse)

An informative, accessible romp through the early years of the games industry. An ideal primer for someone wanting to look at the early incarnation of the business. All hail Il pirata pallido; the gaming hero we never knew we needed.
- Adam Rossser (BBC Radio 5, Let’s Talk About Tech/Game On)