What do the readers say?

The history in this book is the reason why I am where I am today.

– Fredrik Olsson


I’m so impressed by how this is written. It feels way more like a story compared to all other ‘retro’ books. This is all so much about the people, and what gives it an extra dimension is the fact I’ve met lots of them at the STNICCC 2015 (demo party).

– Maarten Martens


I knew the quality of the book would be good, but I am shocked by the professional quality of this piece of art! Everything from the interviews and articles to things like paper and print quality.

– Tobias Jansson


As one of the few U.S. people I knew with an ST, I always felt like I was missing out on the scene in Europe. This book has done an amazing job to put into view the things I could only dream to understand about: what was happening back in those days. This Kickstarter was worth every penny and more.

– Nick Haas


Have watched this go from an idea to being realised. Well done, you have created a book worthy of the demoscene that inspired it.

– Adam Ransom


BIG thanks to scene, to all “the creative people” – for the material which made this book possible!
– Janez Valant


With actual tears in my eyes, I’ve just finished reading. Thank you for having undertaken the task of documenting the demo scene that so profoundly affected my youth, and my subsequent career to this day. […] I’ve never seen such quality reproductions of how the graphics actually looked on screen.

– Troed Sångberg


I knew that Thalion was related to The Exceptions at the time, but I did not know that so many people were involved and that is was so much hectic. Now I understand why so much space was reserved to Thalion in the book! I had a lot of fun reading it.

– Romain Piquois


Beautiful quality and the content is going to keep me going for a long while. This is the beST thing for the Atari ST in a long while!!!

– Steve Gregory


As I keep reading […] I understand more and more about the early years of Atari ST pioneers! It had to be something to be part of such a great adventure, exploring new digital territories.

– Sébastien Larnac


It’s not every day a book is made covered by a demo code you wrote almost 30 years ago.

– Anders Cedronius


Nerd Porn. 

– Sven Bauer


Very awesome addition to my library, alongside with books about NES & SNES graphics and games, chiptune, Neo Geo Anthology, Pixel Art from Demoscene, Amiga bible and many other nice books of this kind ... This one is very well done, so pro and good looking.

– Sydney Plumey


Ich bin hin und weg. […] versetzt mich mal eben 26 Jahre in meine eigene Vergangenheit. Ich könnte heulen, ehrlich. Das Layout, die Geschichten, die Interviews, die Einschübe, die Bilder – das Ding ist mindestens eine Klasse besser als die […]-Reihe.

– Marc Hofstee


[…] From the quality of the packaging to the format, content and design: generally at awesomeness level. Looking forward to the second tome.

– Mickaël Pointier


[...] Many sleepless hours trying to pixel something, joyful hours flew past in gaming as Thalion was our Psygnosis. [...] Back then I had no idea why demos, early games and utilities turned out how they did. Or who were the wizkids behind them. Or how on earth they manage the ST to do things no one ever imagined possible when it was launched! Now I’m starting to get the picture and I’m hungry for more. For me this is not just another Kickstarter book I backed. This is an important moment in our beloved Atari ST history. A trip into our underground culture the way it should be told.
– Marko Latvanen


Press reactions

Indie Retro News: “The Atari ST and the Creative People Vol. 1 will be an awesome addition to your book library.”


Retro – Das Videospielkulturmagazin: „Bücher über die Demoszene sind mittlerweile keine Seltenheit mehr und neue Bücher über dieses Thema sind gerne gesehen, vor allem wenn es um den Atari ST geht.“


PN – PIXELNOSTALGIE: „[...] (Er) konnte bereits zahlreiche Kontakte in der ATARI Community knüpfen. So möchte er eine fundierte Buchreihe schaffen, die den ATARI ST und ganz besonders die kreativen Pixelmacher und Chiptune-Musiker zu würdigen weiß.“


8-bit Central:  “This isn’t a one-and-done story. Its breath is wide and Breddin is doing a wonderful job in showcasing the stages across this series. I’d like to point out that there are many more stages to this history. I speculate we will be treated to several more tomes full of stories, history and passion!”


RetroManiac:  “Quizás lastrado únicamente por una traducción desde el original en alemán algo forzada (algo que parece ser que no va a volver a ocurrir), se trata de un libro único que se aleja del típico enfoque de los libros dedicados a la informática y los videojuegos clásicos. Breddin aprovecha sus contactos personales y su propia relación con la escena de aquel momento, para describir a través de un apasionado relato los grandes hitos que rodearon a los sceners, auténticos genios del hardware y el software que sabían exprimir hasta la última gota de las máquinas sobre las que trabajaban.”


[Vielleicht nur durch eine etwas erzwungene Übersetzung aus dem deutschen Original belastet (was nicht mehr vorkommt), ist dies ein einzigartiges Buch, das weit entfernt ist von dem typischen Ansatz von den Büchern, die sich der Informatik und den klassischen Videospielen widmen. Breddin nutzt seine persönlichen Kontakte und eigene Beziehung zur damaligen Szene, um mit einem leidenschaftlichen Bericht die großen Meilensteine der Szene zu beschreiben – wahre Genies der Hard- und Software, die es verstanden, jeden einzelnen Tropfen aus den Maschinen herauszupressen.]


RETURN – Faszination klassische Computer und Konsolen: „Ein klasse Projekt, macht mit!“


RETRO GAMER:  “It offers tremendous insight into the scene and features fascinating interviews with numerous members, including The Exceptions, TNT, Gigabyte Crew and The Lost Boys. An essential read for anyone interested in the machine.”


VIDEOSPIELGESCHICHTEN.DE:  „Jeder der sich für Computergeschichte, die Geschichte Ataris oder Digitale Kultur im Allgemeinen interessiert, bekommt mit Breakin’ The Borders ein faszinierendes Buch in die Hände, dass nicht an einem Abend gelesen werden kann. Detailtiefe und Leidenschaft, mit der das Buch arrangiert wurde, sind überragend.“