|by Ian Bogost
||Limited to 25 copies. Sold out.
|Boxed for display.
Videogame: Atari cartridge + CD-ROM for Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS X 10.5+
(NVidia/ATI graphics card or equivalent, 17MB free hard disk space required)
About A Slow Year
A signed, numbered Atari edition of A Slow Year,
limited to 25 copies.
The limited edition includes the following:
Also available, the paperback standard edition.
Numbered, signed Atari cartridge of A Slow Year
Leather casebound, foil embossed edition of the A Slow Year
book, with color details, numbered to match and signed
Boxed CD-ROM with the Windows/Mac edition
All carefully packaged in an intricately detailed, embossed leather box with
the A Slow Year cover art, suitable for display or storage on a
A collection of four one kilobyte games for the Atari Video Computer System,
one for each season, about the experience of observing things. Neither action
nor strategy, each game requires a different kind of sedate observation and
methodical input. Accompanying the game are essays about the commonalities
between videogames and poetry and 1,024 machined haiku—poetry generated by
computer—8 bits worth for each season.
A Slow Year won the Vanguard and Virtuoso awards at the 2010 Indiecade
Festival, and was a finalist in the Nuovo category at the 2010 Independent Game
Praise for A Slow Year
This is a kind of game that could have been created thirty
years ago, but wasn't. By choosing the Atari, Bogost reflects on a shared
nostalgia and invites the player to think about issues of time and experience.
It points to different paths videogames could have taken and the undiscovered
ones out there still waiting. Technology is not the limit; A Slow Year proves
it never was.
A Slow Year resurrects an abandoned platform and excavates from it a
series of sad and lovely meditations on perception and time. Bogost
demonstrates the power that can be summoned by turning away from our obsession
with games' technological future and attending, for a moment, to the particular
formal qualities of their technological past. This game is an important
milestone in the development of videogames as an expressive form.
Executive Vice President, Electronic Arts
About the Author
Ian Bogost is a videogame designer, researcher, and critic.
He holds a professorship at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also
directs the graduate program in digital media. In addition to his writings and
independent games, Bogost also makes games about social and political issues in
his role as fonding partner of Persuasive Games LLC. Find him at