Smoke and Mirrors:

IN DEPTH.

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.

GROUNDBREAKING.

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.

WE’RE CREATIVE.

Join Mike on his journey from hobby gamer to C.E.O. and back again and experience his highs and lows along the way.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

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"There's something very suspicious about this crowdfunded retro games console named after the Colecovision."

Heidi Kemps - Motherboard

Some Fun Facts About the Book

Hours of Interviews
Pages
Years in the making
Years of Writing

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Thursday Quotes

We looked at the friction that the appointment of Brandon Justice caused among magazine staff earlier, but he would also try and influence events outside of the magazine too.

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Monday Meme

Mike was under pressure and reacting badly to criticism of his console project, deleting social media comments and lashing at at his detractors.

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Thursday Quotes

We mentioned a couple of weeks ago that Retro Magazine was the first sign of trouble, and it wasn’t long after its inception that Mike was confronted by his co-hosts.

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Monday Meme

The success of the console project was in the balance and followers just wanted to know what was in it.

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Thursday Quotes

The first iteration of Retro Magazine (then named GameGavel Monthly) was little more than a pamphlet created in Microsoft Word and made available for download but Mike was enthusiastic about it.

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Monday Meme

As the promotional campaign and system development rolled on, many doubted Mike’s ability to produce such and ambitious product.

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Thursday Quotes

It wasn’t always a rocky road for Scott, UKMike and Mike Kennedy, in the early days they had a great time recording their podcast and throwing each other under the bus.

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Contact Info

Mike James

info@colecochameleon.org